November 28-C, 2022

Smoky Woods 10/27/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee
Trials and ordeals, Kid.
Trials and ordeals.

Trials and ordeals are eternal
and everlasting--
because our wants and desires,
expectations and opinions
are eternal and everlasting.

A river never encounters 
a trial or an ordeal.
A river just does what it does
no matter what,
doing what needs to be done
to take its context and circumstances
into account
and flow on, flow on.

Be the river.
Do it like the river does it.
Flow on, flow on.


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.

3 thoughts on “November 28-C, 2022

  1. Fell down 15 stairs. 8 hrs. ER. No broken bones (overweight – maybe saved me for once?). Bruises and aches. 3 Stitches in head. A miracle to be treasured for the rest of my life. ER doctor told us to go have a wonderful Thanksgiving – we left at midnight. Joyous Thanksgiving. Life is sometimes stunning and amazing. Home again in Asheville. So glad. The End…


  2. Quite a story! “8 hrs. ER” says “Heroic Survival Pressed To The Limit!” I’m glad you are on this side of that. When, in the future, you find yourself not knowing where to turn, turn to the memory of this, and smile at whatever is before you, in a “Show me what you got,” kind of way.


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