February 19-B, 2023

Congaree Panorama 11/07/2016 Oil Paint Rendered — Congaree National Park, Hopkins, South Carolina
The Guardians and Guides 
must be recognized,
and trusted
without being assumed
and taken for granted.

We all "get by
with a little help
from our friends,"
our friends being
the invisible forces/hands
at work in our life,
us against the forces
of greed and ignorance
that would lead us astray
as they did with Adam and Eve
in the mythical Garden of Eden.

We live between Eden and Gethsemane,
in the Wasteland of our discontent.
Finding the way that is The Way
is a matter of luck and perseverance,
sticking to it
when it looks to all the world
to be nothing more than the wind
that blows where it will.

We do it by enjoying the wonder
of the adventure,
and the thrill of the surprises
and turns
that accompany us through the waiting
and wondering
to the amazement of laughter 
and delight
at the wonder of waiting and wondering
breaking in to encourage us
in the work of being human
between the worlds of reason
and the revered. 

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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