October 29-B, 2022

Atlantic Dawn 10/26/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Oscar Wilde said, 
“A bore is someone who 
deprives you of solitude 
without providing you with company.”

Who talks constantly
without saying anything.

Robert Burns could have
had them in mind 
with his,
“O, wad some Power the giftie gie us. 
To see oursels as ithers see us!"

Seeing ourselves clearly,
just as we are,
would likely transform us
just as we are,
and enable us,
to simply be just as we are.

First, the seeing.

How do people who think they see,
come to see
they don't see at all?

That was Jesus' problem,
how to get people to see
who think they see.

He was reported 
to open the eyes of the blind,
but couldn't do anything
with eyes that see without seeing.

His advice was,
"If they don't receive 
what you have to say
in one town,
go on the the next."

Changing locations
changes audiences,
and people in one place
can see things 
that people in the last place
couldn't fathom.

Meaning, I take it,
that everything depends
on where we come from
and what we do with it
wherever we go.

How far can we go/grow
from where we have been?

How different can we be?

Let's live to see!


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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