January 22-A, 2023

Cedar Island Ferry 10/28/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras National Seashore,
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Being true to our essential nature,
living in the service
of our innate virtues/traits/characteristics
and doing what is needed,
when, where, and how it is needed
in each situation as it arises,
has nothing to do with wanting,
having,
getting,
acquiring,
owning,
amassing,
seizing, 
striving,
forcing,
and living to have our way
at the expense of everyone else's way.

It flips the switch,
turns things around,
stops the madness
and opens the way
to life and light and peace.

I wonder why we haven't
thought of this before,
and started sooner.

But, now is all 
we have ever had to work with,
so why not get things going now?

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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.

2 thoughts on “January 22-A, 2023

  1. The old Taoists beat me to it. I’m just passing along what I’ve heard. Which is one definition of evangelism: “One beggar telling another where they have found food.” It has been dissed by capitalism because it isn’t profitable. Christianity, on the other hand has been, until recently, highly profitable, selling heaven with The Way to get there. Since money is now able to buy “heaven on earth,” the ancient paradigm no longer works and the church is drying up, with all the symbols it needs for vibrant life, spilling out, pouring over, all around. All it needs to do is reinterpret the symbols in a way that revives them and makes them relevant, here and now. Ah, but, “the stone the builders reject,” you know, having eyes to see and not seeing, not looking…

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