July 16-A, 2022

Looking Glass Falls 07 10/28/2013 Oil Paint Rendering — Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, North Carolina
There is a willing force in nature
that cannot be denied.

Grass and weeds don't quit growing
even though they are whacked down 
once a week.

Dandelions grow through asphalt!
They don't say, "Oh, gee. Asphalt!
Can't grow here!"

Life is determined, willful, unrelenting,

Our life is like that.
The life we came to live
is constantly willing itself
to life through us,
even though we aren't interested
and prefer some other different life instead.

We are at odds with our own life
in this way.
The life we want to life
isn't necessarily the life our life 
wants us to live,
and our life doesn't give up.
It keeps trying to come forth.
And we keep shoving it back into the closet.

We do not honor life
as we need to,
or see its willfulness as a characteristic
of all living things--
as the very nature of life itself.

Life is ALIVE!
And willfully so!

Viruses keep evolving,
outsmarting vaccines,
finding ways to reproduce,
getting smarter and more resilient.
That is nature's way!
That is life's way!

And we have that same willful spirit
within us!
We do not care what our chances are!
We will endure and prevail!
"And when the heaving sea
has shaken our raft to pieces,
then we will swim!"
(Odysseus in the Odyssey)


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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