March 11-B, 2023

Sumac Oil Paint Rendered — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
We all have our specialties.
Mine is playing around,
particularly with words,

Looking at things from all sides.
Sizing things up.

The Articulation of How Things Are--
And Also Are--
And What All That Means,
Depending on Our Point of View,
In All Times And Places.

Ask me what the Bible, for instance,
says about something,
and I will ask you 
if you want the Pro or the Con.

The Bible says whatever we want it to say
about all of the issues of the day.
The Bible is self-contradictory.
So am I.
So are you.

We are multi-dimensional.
We are capable of the full range
of perceptions and responses
to bring forth in meeting
the situation as it arises,
in the moment at hand.

And that is how it must be
in a multi-dimensional universe.

Is it order or is it chaos?
It is both at all times!
Depending on our point of view.

And we have to be consciously capable
of multi-dimensionallity
in order to find our way to--
and along--The Way,
which is The Way of doing 
what needs to be done here/now
in each situation,
in each moment within each situation.

Dancing with the music,
rising to the occasion,
as it changes like the wind,
we all are like the spirit
that is like the wind,
blowing where it will,
capable of doing whatever 
is called for,
when/where/how it is called for,
all our life long.

In order to do that,
we have to be able to read
the signs of the times,
and respond appropriately,
as needed,
in the here/now,
all the time.


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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