October 07-A, 2022

Fripp Inlet Sunset 01 12/05/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Hunting Island, South Carolina
With deep appreciation and gratitude to Leonard Cohen for his work in finding the way and leading those who could be led to discover it for themselves!

Once there was a mysterious source-- 
it’s called “the way,” it has no force,
no way of making anything happen ever.
So it waits for all to fall into place
by watching for the propitious pace 
and shouting out a resounding Hallelujah!


Circumstances are the origin of all that is
from the first to now there is only this:
freedom forming necessity with outcomes.
Light and dark are just what they love,
creating the other while shouting up above:


Responses and reactions coalesce 
though space and time, without a rest,
sparking theories, making rhymes,
forming planets, churning sea brine,
black holes, white dwarfs, and all the rest,


The way way’s on through all of it,
spinning, ginning, producing
homeostasis and harmony
using contradiction, disparity and polarity
at will—which is no will,
but a special kind of waiting-knowing-
Magic in the making in time and space, Hallelujah!


We come onto the scene,
in just the right way,
to see and sense and find the why,
balancing opposites, 
aligned with the flow,
more port, more starboard
steady as she goes! Hallelujah!


The way moves through us,
guiding us/directing us/
calling us/attracting us,
leading us along the path
that is not a path--
with emptiness, stillness, silence,
essential nature,
innate virtues,
and the eternal secret etched on our bones:
the more we are us,
the more we are the way. Hallelujah!



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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