November, 2nd Week, 2022

Bridge to Rough Ridge 03 10/13/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Spirituality has nothing whatsoever
to do with theology,
and everything to do with truth--
which means theology 
has nothing to do with truth.

Bringing to the forefront
Pilate's rebuff of Jesus,
"What is truth?"

Jesus' missed retort is simply,
"The bed you slept in last night,
the world you woke up to this morning."

The color of your eyes,
the shape of your nose,
your unique finger prints,
and way of sizing up situations,
and knowing what is called for there,
and way of assessing what is important
and unimportant,
your evaluation of the value
of everything you walk past every day...

An on, and on, like that,
down to the minute details of the day to day.

Truth which cannot be denied
because it is so.

Spirituality thrives there
in the ever-present preserve of truth,
pouring over, spilling out, 
revealing, expressing, exposing, exhibiting
who we are and what we are about
and what it means that we are alive
and what we are doing about it.

Theology is a pure pastime,
the purview of opinions and viewpoints,
talk, talk, talk,
blah, blah, blah,
about things incapable of being 
and agreed upon.

Truth, on the other hand, is exactly what it is
even as it becomes something more/less/other than
what it is.

And spirituality is able to dance with truth
over the entire span of experience
through time and space forever,
world truly without end, Amen.


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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