February 01-A, 2023

Chrysanthemum 07/08/2012 Oil Paint Rendered
Iris 05/24/2013 Oil Paint Rendered
Jesus said, "You shall know the truth,
and the truth shall set you free."

Begging the questions,
"Free from what?"
"Free to do what?"

And Pilate's inquiry,
"What is truth?"
Which Jesus left hanging through 
all these long years of truthlessness.

Which will continue as long as we look
for truth "out there,"
when it is solely a function
of our own integrity,
of our living out the truth 
of our own humanity,
aligned with the truth of who we are
in all that we do,
exhibiting the truth of our original/essential nature,
and the truth of our innate virtues/traits/character,
in each situation as it arises
all our life long.

We know when we are living truthful lives,
and when we are not.

Jacob Bronowski said,
"You cannot know the truth
unless you live in certain ways."
He meant living truthfully.
With integrity,
at one with inner and outer,
doing/exhibiting/expressing who we are
in the way we live,
in each situation as it arises.

Our bodies know when we are not doing that.
Our lives know it.
But we have our supplements,
and our Fit-Bits.
We have nothing to worry about. 


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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