July 07-B, 2022

The Wasteland #10 Oil Paint Rendered — The Wasteland Collection
The Wasteland is everywhere
people are living inauthentic lives
cut off from their original nature
and the innate virtues that are theirs at birth.
The Wasteland is everywhere.
The world could be redeemed/transformed
"like that" (Snaps fingers)
if people would simply be 
who they are/were at birth.

Jesus said it:
"Unless you turn and become as children,
you will never enter (he called it)
the kingdom of heaven."

The Buddha called it "the farther shore,"
or "Nirvana."

Indigenous Americans called it
"The Happy Hunting Grounds."

Anne Murry called it
"The Land of Gentle Breezes
Where Peaceful Waters Flow."

Everybody calls it something.

It is where people are living authentic lives
at-one with their original nature
and the innate virtues that are theirs at birth.

Everywhere else is the Wasteland.

My idea of the church
is where people are re-connected
with themselves, 
their original nature
and their innate virtues,
and helped to find and live
the life that is truly their life to live.

Transforming the Wasteland into Sweet Beulah Land
"like that" (Snaps fingers).


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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