September 18-C, 2022

Old Sheldon Church Ruins 04 11/12/2017 Oil Paint Rendered — Yemassee, South Carolina
Wendell Johnson said,
"All of our problems stem from
our inability to state clearly and specifically
what the problem is."
(Or words to that effect).

We assume that things should be a certain way,
but things are not that way,
and we are lost in a fog of things being
not right somehow,
but we have no idea how.

We live unconsciously. 
Our problem is a spiritual problem.
Spiritual in a way that has nothing
to do with theology.
Spiritual in a way that has everything
to do with enlightenment--
with illumination--
with seeing/perceiving/understanding/
what's what and what needs to be done
in response to it.

Spiritual in a way that has everything
to do with our essential nature
and our innate virtues that are ours from birth,
which we know nothing about
because we are unconscious 
of all of the important stuff.

Our problem is becoming conscious/aware
of the problem--
of waking up, being enlightened,
illumined, tuned in, aware, alert, 
understanding, knowing
all that we are unconscious of.

Becoming spiritually astute,
savvy, discerning, perceptive/intuitive/etc.
in ways that have nothing whatsoever
to do with theology,
and everything to do with being who we are,
where we are, when we are, how we are here/now.

This is the work of being human,
of being alive.
It is the work of being awake and aware.
In each situation as it arises.
All our life long.


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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