August 01-B, 2022

Twilight, East Fork Overlook 02 05/30/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Brevard, North Carolina
The trick 
is knowing/understanding/comprehending/realizing 
what it means to say,
"Thy will, not mine, be done,"
with the "Thy"
being an absolute Mystery
beyond all thought of inquiry
and investigation.

A thing apart,
about which nothing can be known
or said,
or considered.

The Source, Ground
and Goal of Life
is Life itself,
and we cannot mess with that.

We cannot even honor it,
much less worship it.
It IS us--we ARE it--
in the most distant,
kind of way.

"It" does not allow itself
even to be thought about.
And doesn't care at all
if we think about it,
because thinking about it
is like a fart in a tornado--
something no one thinks about.

So, "Thy will, not mine be done,"
is completely meaningless
and totally essential,
and is the Source/Ground/Goal
of all we do.

Our place/role is to do 
what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises
without any idea about
why it needs to be done,
or why we need to do it,
or how we know it needs to be done,
or who/what needs it to be done...

"I have no say in the matter, Gibbs.
It's the pirate's life for me.
Savvy?" (Captain Jack Sparrow,
"On Stranger Tides").

have nothing to do with it,
with It.
We belong to what,
we do not know.
But, we can know that much,
and trust ourselves to it,
and do what needs us to do
what needs to be done,
and it is all
"Darkness within darkness,
the Gateway to Mystery"
(Tao Te Ching).

Our will, then,
is to do the will,
of what, we do not know,
trusting ourselves to know it
when we know it,
without knowing any more than that
about it.



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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