August 07-B, 2022

Day Lilies 06/03/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — Indian Land, South Carolina
Jesus said,
"Let your 'Yes' be yes,
and let your 'No' be no."

And he might have added,
"And, let your 'Goodbye' be goodbye,"
because there is no looking back
with regret or longing
for those whose "Yes" is yes,
and whose "No" is no.

People who live with authenticity
and genuineness,
who say what they mean
and mean what they say,
with no duplicity or pretension
about them,
are just as they are here/now,
and are gone when they leave.

Being here/now and gone 
is the way to do it.

And the people who master
living in that fashion
are never gone,
but always here/now
in the lives of those who knew them,
like someone who has been resurrected
from the dead.

Their life is an exhibition of truth
that never dies,
and they are always present
in the presence of truth,
in an eternal here/now kind of way.

World without end.
Amen. 

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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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