April 10-A, 2023

Wind Waves in the Sand Oil Paint Rendered — Pea Island Wildlife Refuge, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks, Nags Head, North Carolina
All bad religion is about theology 
and all theology comes down to opinion about hearsay.

All good religion is grounded on experience,
and comes down to what Harlan Howard said about country music:
"Three cords and the truth."

We don't have to believe anything in good religion.
We don't have to take anything on faith.
"Three cords and the truth" are just there,
as "One thus come,"
and cannot be denied.

Of course, truth is denied
all the time by those
who have eyes and don't see,
who have ears and don't hear,
and who cannot be shown or told the truth,
but have to live their way there,
though it take a thousand life times,
or longer.

When it is never more difficult than
turning the light around,
and making a slight shift in perspective
that allows us to see what has always been so,
as with the magic of optical illusions,
and the wonder of experiencing something
that is "transparent to transcendence."

Keep living.
Keep looking.
Keep listening.
Keep waiting for the shift
that turns the light around
and everything falls into place
as a radiant marvel unsurpassed
and everlasting
at last.

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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