March 16-A, 2023

Charlotte Panorama 02 01/17/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — View from Marshall Park, Charlotte, North Carolina
What do you know of God--
That Which Has Always Been Called "God"--
that you didn't get from someone else,
or from the Bible?

I know that That Which Has Always Been Called "God"
has a wicked/twisted sense of humor,
and spends more of their (Father, Son and Holy Ghost, you know)
time laughing than scowling and seething.

(They don't spend hardly any time
scowling and seething).

I know that God doesn't have favorites.
They don't favor one person 
or one group of people over anyone else.

There are no Chosen People.
(And those who think they are
the Chosen People
have certainly been treated terribly
through the ages.
From that standpoint,
the Chosen People
are not the Favored People).

I know that God doesn't have anything
at stake in the outcome.
They know there is no final outcome.
One outcome spills over into an infinite
number of outcomes,
and they create additional outcomes,
so that nothing is ever final/over/finished/done.

The impact of the American Civil War, for instance,
is still being realized/felt,
and will forever continue to be working itself out.
The Massacre of the Innocents
in the persons of Native Americans
is still being realized/experienced.

Nothing is ever concluded.
It all goes on and on.

I know that God doesn't pick sides.
The lamb means the same to them
as the lion does.

Up is on the way down,
down is on the way up,
there is no final reckoning,
it is all coming and going.

The endless nature of the path
evens everything out over time.

There is no steady, lasting,
state of being.
The winners are on their way to the grave
just like the losers are.
There is not winning or losing.
There is only living and dying,
and being glad to have lived and died.
Being honored to have lived and died.
And there is as much honor 
in being a loser 
as there is in being a winner.
As much to celebrate.
As much to be thankful for.

What do you know about God
that no one told you?


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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