May 23-A, 2023

Skeleton Tree of Graveyard Beach 02 12/05/2017 Oil Paint Rendered — Charleston Harbor Sunset from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Meister Eckhart wrote this about a realization he had:

"It seemed to a man as in a dream--
it was a waking dream--
that he became pregnant
with Nothing, 
like a woman with child. 
And in the Nothing,
God was born: 
God was the fruit of Nothing."

Everything is "the fruit of Nothing."
Nothing is the source of all that is.
Empty yourself of all things
and there you will find what you need.

Being content with nothing
is having more than enough,
and God is born out of nothing,
like the stone the builders reject.

Out of scarcity comes the water of life,
spilling over,
pouring out.

Start with what you have--
with the nothing that you have--
and watch what comes of it.

Pick yourself up and step into the day,
and do there what needs to be done
out of your original nature
and the innate virtues/specialties/gifts
that are yours from birth.

And be amazed at the wonder
of what nothing can do.


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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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