July 21-D, 2022

Stoney Stream 09/26/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Maine
I say this from time to time
because it cannot be heard often enough:

It is all useless, hopeless, pointless, futile
and absurd,
and coming to a very bad end--
every living thing dies.
How we live in the meantime 
makes all the difference.

We have to live as those 
who do not care what our chances are
because we have a life that is ours alone
to live--
in response to a will to express 
that which must be expressed
through us alone.

We are here to align ourselves
with that will in the time we are alive,
and to do what we are needed to do
in doing what needs to be done
with the original nature
and the innate virtues
that are unique to us
and especially necessary
to the here/now of our daily walk,
and to each situation as it arises
throughout the full course of our life.

We must live to honor that will
which informs our living
and evokes our life
in response to the circumstances
that unfold around us
moment to moment,
day by day.

It doesn't matter what our chances are!

We live to do what is ours to do
no matter what--
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it!

And we will not be knocked off
the anchoring rock of our fealty,
liege loyalty
and filial devotion
to what needs to come forth through us
even now,
even yet,
even so.
No matter what.

Make this your grounding realization
and your life-long commitment,
letting everything fall into place around that,
and you will be amazed at the power
of your life to sustain you
and comfort you,
guide and direct you
as it impacts and transforms
the world around you.

If you are not going to listen to me here,
why bother to listen to me anywhere?


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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