February 17-A, 2023

Bethany Church Cemetery 07 12/13/2015 B&W Oil Paint Rendered — Bethany ARPC, Clover, South Carolina
The two guides for the way
that cannot be discerned as the way
by any rational way of discernment
are affinity and resonation.

If you have an affinity for something,
if something resonates with you,
go that way.

If it is all chest tightening,
stomach churning,
mouth drying,
and/or neck bristling,
and if our heart is not in it,
do not go that way.

Joseph Campbell said,
"We know when we are on the path
and when we are off it."

We feel it in our bones,
in our stomach,
in our chests,
and dreams.

We are overcome 
by the night sweats
and the dry (or not so dry) heaves.

The signs are palpable, visceral.

We know when to say yes and when to say no--
we only have to know what we know,
and trust ourselves to it,
even though we cannot defend,
excuse our actions.

excusing our actions
belong to the world of reasons,
and have no association
with the world of instinct,
and knowing that knows not how it knows.

We live in this world
grounded in that world. 

Led by inaudible signals,
upheld by invisible hands.


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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