February 02-A, 2023

Oriental Plum Oil Paint Rendered
We are told what to believe,
but no one can give us our opinions.
Of course, they try,
but to be genuine,
opinions have to come from within.

Belief from without,
opinions from within.
Articles of faith are opinions
that take themselves seriously.

And, when we don't know
what we think or believe,
it's great to be able to say,
"I don't know what to make of it,
of this, 
or that,
or that over there!"

When things make no sense,
there is no making sense of them,
"we let the mystery be"
(Iris Dement).

Having to explain everything,
or have it explained,
takes the mystery out of it,
and leaves us with what somebody said
that somebody said.

Better to befriend the mystery,
along with wonder
and awe,
and direct encounters
with radiance and the sublime.


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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