May 19-B, 2022


Stained Glass Grapes Oil Paint Rendered
We have to agree
about what is important.

What is important
has to BE important to us.

The failure to know and serve
what is important
is the loss of the vital core
holding us together.

Holding the planet together.

When we fail to honor
the bonds of human-being-together-hood,
and begin to take one another 
for granted,
or for gain,
we cease to be human.

"Human" is spiritual
not physical.

Spiritual is of the heart,
not of the head.

When religion ceased to be about The Mystery,
and came to be about ethics and morals,
and keeping the ten commandments
in order to keep God on our side
to answer our prayers,
keep us safe,
and do what we want
religion lost it's vital connection
with the ground of being-together,
and became a magical ritual
for rain and food.

The heart of good religion
is centered on what is important
for human-being-together-hood,
which is the essence 
of human-being-hood,
and is the essential quality
of being human.

Being human is being together
in service to what we know to be important:
Allegiance to The Mystery.
Alignment with The Mystery.
At-one-ment with The Mystery
at the Heart of Life and Being.

When we abandon The Mystery
to serve what we want
and to do things our way,
we leave Eden
and live out our lives 
in the Wasteland of Eternal Discontent,
with its strife stemming from
fear and greed,
hatred and anger
in complete rejection of 

The only way back to Eden
is dying to all that keeps us
from being human,
changing our mind about
what is important,
knowing what matters most,
and serving that 
with our lives
in honor of The Mystery
at the Heart of Being Human.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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