October 18-B, 2022

The Temple 09/27/2005 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Scattered and fragmented,
searching for a new pattern of life,
wondering where the toothpaste is hidden,
and the coffee filters...
waiting for it all to come back together.

Waking up in the uncertainties 
of another world,
giving a different slant
to "The old has passed away,
behold, the new has come,"
on the morning 
of the second day
of moving into a new house
in a different state,
and equating it
with the different world
Jesus was talking about
when he said,
"Come, follow me."

Orthodox churches cover the globe,
are preaching the gospel 
of one who said,
"You have heard it said,
but I say unto you..."
"Let the one who is guiltless
cast the first stone..."

Jesus was crucified for being
a heretic and a blasphemer
and a son of Satan.
Jesus was a rogue prophet
in a land ruled by 
The Right Way To Do It,
with "It" being everything 
under the sun.

Jesus is crucified again and again
by followers who say,
"Christ Is The Only Way To God!"
Making Jesus, of all people,
"The Right Way To Do It!"

Jesus said it best when he said,
"Why don't you decide for yourselves
what is right?"

Jesus is the way 
of deciding for ourselves
what is right.
Just like Jesus did,
making plain the adage,
"The disciples must become 
like the Master
in following no Master!"

We create our own religion
by finding for ourselves
what works and what does not work
in bringing ourselves forth
to meet the world
that changes overnight
every night,
leaving us to find the toothpaste,
or its equivalent,
again every day.

If you aren't up for that,
just sit back
and let someone else 
tell you what is right for you.
Without ever asking,
"How would they know?"


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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