November 26-D, 2022

Roan Mountain Morning Oil Paint Rendered — Roan Mountain Highlands, Carver’s Gap, Tennessee
Jesus said, "Do not throw your pearls
before swine,
and do not give to dogs
what is holy!"

And the Syrophoenician woman said,
"Even dogs eat the crumbs 
that fall from the table,
and it rains on the just
and on the pigs alike.
and the sun shines
on the just and the pigs alike."

Just so,
everything Jesus said
is to be expanded,
and applied
as it needs to be applied
in each situation as it arises
by those who hear
and reflect on what has been said
in transforming it
and reshaping it,
in a "The old has passed away,
and behold, the new has come,"
and a, "You have heard it said,
but I say unto you,"
kind of way--
in being faithful followers
of the wind that blows where it will
and does what is needed
within the changing contexts
and circumstances of life
in all of the times and places 
throughout the ages.

Amen! May it be so as it is so!
Changing, changing,
turning, turning,
Always and forever!


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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