May 20-A, 2023

Swan Lake 07-05-2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Trumpeter Swan, Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter, South Carolina
Faith is always faith in someone else's faith.
Belief is always believing what someone else
tells us to believe.

Bringing to mind Lao Tzu's observation
in 500 +/- BCE,
"A path that can be discerned as a path
is not a reliable path."

It is someone else's path.

And we have to find our own way
to the Holy Grail.
The Holy Grail represents
our own life--
what is true life for us
is that which brings us to life,
that which vitalizes and enraptures us alone,
which we alone recognize as worthy
of our devotion,
and allegiance
and must do because we alone
are gifted/graced/prepared to do it.

And no one else can tell us what that is.

When Jesus said, "You shall know the truth
and the truth shall set you free,"
he was not talking about faith or belief.

The truth we know to be true
sets us free from the faith and beliefs
of all others,
and puts us on the path to our own bliss/rapture/amore,
which no one knows but us.

Our faith is in ourselves,
in what we know to be true for us
and in what we know ourselves
to be built for, capable of,
in a "Give me the ball!" kind of way.

And if this doesn't ring true for you,
"leave no stone unturned"
in your search for what does!


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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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