April 18 – A, 2023

Sourwood 02 11/04/2020 Oil Paint Renderee — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
We need more time!
If we only had more time!
Everything would become clear
with time!

That is the fundamental illusion.

Jesus perpetuated the folly
with his,
"Wisdom is known by her children" line,
and even if we extend the theory
to the level of the grandchildren,
or the great-grandchildren,
wisdom still lies unrecognized
by those who perpetuate racism, say,
or sexism,
or ignorance and stupidity, etc.,
forever through all of the ages and epochs
of time.

We do not grow up ever as a collective!
Only individuals attain the level of seeing
that makes a difference in their life,
and they cannot pass it along
even to their disciples.

Jesus' disciples wrecked what he handed to them
in their own lifetime.
The same can be said for the Buddha.
The old Taoists lasted the longest,
but even their understanding 
of how things are
and how to respond appropriately
disappeared over time,
and things returned to how they really are
all of the time--
which is how they are now,
if we only look around.

We see as individuals,
not as communities
or congregations,
and what is known as Revealed Truth
cannot be passed along
even to one's own children.

Those who know in any generation
can only seek out each other,
and enable the growth of one another
in small groups of two or three,
but rarely larger,
grasping and serving what they can
of the light
while they last,
encouraging one another as they are able
for the work
of seeing/hearing/knowing/doing/being
"transparent to transcendence,"
through the way they live,
and allowing that to be that
when they die.


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.

2 thoughts on “April 18 – A, 2023

  1. Check out proverbs 28:26. We have to seek wisdom to be her children. Most seek trivial pursuits… the fewer among us search for higher things. In Acts, Jesus is impatient with Barnabus, to whom he explains, if you can’t even understand the things of this world, how can you possibly understand the things of higher realms..( quite the misquote, I am sure). Sad it is this way, but so it is with us.

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