April 17 – C, 2023

Sunset at Clingman’s Dome (Parking Lot) 05/16/2005 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina
Until the church renounces its theology
and embraces its role as children/servants
of the light,
rejecting sin and embracing seeing,
it will remain a relic of wistful thinking,
and denial.

As things stand,
the church is only a slight shift in perspective
away from turning the light around,
understanding metaphor, not fact,
to be the ground of its resurrection
from the death of its own devising.

"The spirit is like the wind
that blows where it will,"
and we cannot keep up with the spirit
using spiritual laws,
liturgical rigidity and ritual,
systematic theology,
and literal interpretations
of the Bible.

The qualities required to walk with the spirit
are integrity,
balance and harmony.

An affinity for
and silence.

An intense curiosity,
and openness
to the fullness of experience.

And, the more we can be
empty of opinion,
and the need to have our way NOW!--
the better things will go
in developing our relationship
with the spirit that is like the wind.

And we will be able to be open to,
what is happening in each situation as it arises,
and responding as needed
to what is called for
with the gifts of our original nature
and our innate virtues/specialties/things we do well
that came with us from the womb,
offering what we have to give
to what needs that which needs what we have to offer,
for the good of the whole,
and the joy of doing it,
and the satisfaction of having done it,
through all of the circumstances of our life,
all our life long.

May be be so!

And, when it is so,
the church will be the church!


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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