September 01-A, 2022

Heron at Sunset Panorama 01/23/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Brandt Greenway, Bur-Mil Park, Greensboro, North Carolina
and silence
are the sources
of the future,
our own and that 
of the cosmos.

What does not come
from emptiness, 
and silence,
comes from chaos
and anarchy,
and people trying 
to force their way
through the world,
as though they know
where they are going,
when all they know is what they want,
and what they fear--
not caring if it is worth wanting,
or anything to be afraid of.

Return to the emptiness.
Sit in the stillness.
Listen to the silence.
And wait for the guidance
that comes from the source
of mystery and life
beyond knowing and telling/saying/explaining,
as a beckoning from the mover
to the moved.


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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