March 03-B, 2023

Persimmons 09/12/2012 Oil Paint rendered — Greensboro, North Carolina
Everything we need 
to meet the moment
and do what needs to be done
is right here
right now.

It only takes being open to it
to know that it is so.

Oh, there is a catch.

It is not on our terms.

We do not live on our terms.

We do not meet the moment on our terms.

We live the way our life needs to be lived.
We meet the moment the way the moment 
needs to be met.

That is the lesson of Adam and Eve
in the Garden of Eden.
And the lesson of Jesus of Nazareth
in the Garden of Gethsemane.

All religion is based
on getting what we want.
Life on our terms.

It is all about how to get God
to give us what we want.

It has been that way 
from the start.

What good is a god 
who doesn't give us what we want?

The first thing to go is what we want,
how we want things to be.

What do you think,
"Thy will, not mine, be done," means?

That is the real death!
Actual death
is nothing like metaphorical death!
We die metaphorically time after time!
Death and resurrection
only to die again,
and again,
and again...

For what???

For dying again,
and again,
and again...

In the service of doing what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
and again,
and again...

We always have what we need to do that.
But, not on our terms.

Why would anyone do that?

That is what Adam and Eve wondered
about "Thy will, not mine, be done."

If we don't get it,
no one can give it to us.


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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