January 13-A, 2023

Hemlock Islands 05 10/15/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Penobscot Bay, Deer Isle, Maine
The influence of art,
and nature
connects us with transcendent,
numinous reality,
and restores,
our soul in ways we do not understand.

We experience it
without being able to explain it.
And talking about it
breaks the spell
and snaps us back into the world
of normal,

But, something happened.
Something stirred to life within.
Something reminded us of something,
connected us with something,
if only for a moment.

And we are better for it.
More alive because of it.
Aware of living between worlds,
visible grounded in invisible.
Wonder of wonders.


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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