March 21-B, 2023

Mount Whyte Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Alberta, September, 2009
The flow of energy through life
was called "The Tao" in 500-and-earlier BCE,
for lack of a better term.

"Tao" is gender-neutral
and free of the cumbersome baggage
of theology,
and cosmology,
and astrology,
and all of the other "logy's"
we have developed over time
to control/master/explain/exploit
the mystery at the heart
of life and being.

Tao is all we need.
On any level
And how many levels are there?
Inquiring minds would love to know,
and so,
we have made it all up through time,
answering all the questions,
and "accepting on faith"--
which comes down to refusing to say
we have no idea about any of it,
and can, therefore, invent
what pleases us
about all of it,
and thus we have life 
as we understand it to be,
ignoring all we do not understand,
while pretending
to know it all.

Tao puts this to rest,
and walks with us
into the darkness
and mystery
of knowing what we know
and don't know
about the things we experience, 
with amazement and wonder
every day,
all the way,
"dancing and singing in the rain"
and with the rain,
in the transcendent glory of it all.


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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