October 24-A, 2022

Maple Tree 02 10/23/2022 Panorama — Charlotte, North Carolina
Remaining with the freedom theme, 
we are all free to be who we are,
and we are also bound to be who we are.

We are not free to not be who we are.

To not be who we are 
is the ultimate form of sin--
the greatest betrayal of self
that we are capable of making.

It would be "the unforgivable sin"
of the Biblical record,
for what can make restitution for our failure
to be who we are,
to bring forth what we have to offer?

We can only begin here/now
to be true to ourselves,
softening the impact of all 
our missed opportunities in the past,
and redeeming what can be redeemed
in our future.

The way is the way of integrity and sincerity,
living with fealty,
liege loyalty
and filial devotion
to our original/essential nature
and our innate virtues/character
that are ours from birth.

Bringing those forth
in response to each situation as it arises,
within the context and circumstances
of life as it is,
moment to moment
is the task of being human.
The on-going,
never ending
task of being human.

A task we are not free to reject
and deny,
in any situation, 

What is called for in every here/now
is to be true to ourselves
in responding to what's what
and doing what needs to be done about it,
no matter what,

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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