October 07-B, 2022

Great Blue Heron 07 04/29/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
Circumstances create, produce, generate 
their own outcomes, results, effects, consequences.
Which, themselves, create, produce, generate
new circumstances creating different outcomes, consequences...

It rains and a river forms
only where a river could form.
"Mamma, who made the beautiful river?"
"The rain, honey."
"Who made the rain?"
"Circumstances and possibilities."
"Who made the circumstances and possibilities?"
"There always have been circumstances and possibilities."

From there, nature takes its course,
and here we are.
Because of circumstances, possibilities
and consequences.

When we came into the picture,
in addition to creating circumstances
with possibilities and consequences,
we brought meaning and purpose into play,
with preferences and desires,
ideals and ideas,
war and bills of rights,
and nature found a corner to hide in
until the disturbance in the flow
disappears and things return to normal.


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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