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A Poem for religious nutcases and atheists.

Updated on June 23, 2013

The picture is just so pretty, that I want to be there.

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I am not a poet. I am just a grown up kid.

I have been trying to teach some teenagers about evangelizing. Neither they nor I like it much. Evangelizing door to door is weird. Carrying around a book is a little strange. Using words to convince someone about faith is down right idiocy.

So this morning while writing up my sermon. Something happened that was evangelical. It was a culmination of what I have been preaching and yet it was done by a 3 year old and his mum.

Before the dawn

Up before the dawn for prayer and meditation

Up before the world starts it's incessant negotiations

In the still of the morn I can think without sequestration

I can concentrate on loving kind ministrations

Before loud noise before even birds sing

I can determine what the day will bring

I choose love and kindness to be this day

I choose each person I meet to make it their day

But as the sun reached into our sky

I heard a noise that nearly made me cry

It was just a small squeak at first

But into giggling it soon burst

I could sense exactly what was going on

Just after the crack of dawn

My boy and his mom were waking up

But tickling and giggling like the had a new pup

Oh how I wanted to intervene

To be a part of this loving scene.

But instead I stood outside the room

not wanting this moment to meet its doom

But oh how I wished I could be a part

Of that love fest that had a start

So I opened the door to see them there

And acted like I was going to swear

Of course more laughter and silly laughs

For they know that the daddy loves the daft

On this day I know my lesson plan

Who wants to hang with a serious man?

You see not words or form will ever attract

You have to give them what they lack

Everyone needs to be happy

So that is evangelism for this pappy

I will smile and grin and happiness begin

And others will follow regardless of sin

For if we lead with a kind and happy heart

Others will follow from the start


Kind of fun huh?

Reading, studying and proclaiming truths is cool I suppose for some folk. As for me, I got one religion -- love. I met a really cool Hindi man the other day that was covered in love. I saw an atheist who was raising the most adorable little girl.

I am convicted and committed to spread the great joys in my life. In other's lives that are hard and heavy burdened I must take their pain as my own, and must give them my joy for them to own.

This is evangelism. And I shall teach it and preach to my own today.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady we like to stay a little bit crazy here as it keeps us from going insane.

      Thanks

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      I like the way you say it, see it, and do it. Preach, Ericdierker:)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are truly blessed this wonderful day. How exciting. Thank you Johan.

    • Johan Smulders profile image

      Johan Smulders 

      4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Amen, amen, amen!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You may be just too kind in calling it that. I suppose I just can rhyme. But I am working on it. thank you much.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Nice to see you do poetry!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So right on Lurana, and though I spout off often, that is no way to teach it. We must do as you direct -- Show it!

    • MrsBrownsParlour profile image

      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      The good news is love, and I believe we all share it whenever we show compassion or care or kindness!

    • Johan Smulders profile image

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Great idea and concept, let love flow into the world!

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great message and there is only one conclusion the Lord is love which radiates from above.

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      That's it Sir Eric - I quit the poe-tree business now that you're teaching me a thing or two of your infinite gift of communicating the written word in any genre you choose and I am going back to my former profession as male stripper for the blind (with empty pop cans with marbles in them) and no I ain't shittin' ya either, lol , scouts honor!

      Lake erie time - 1:20am full moon on the wane over the lake and listening to a fabulous music ......

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      rose-the-planner, I am in constant trouble around here. That love thing can drive a wife crazy. Until the world is shut out. Life is good.

    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      You are an inspiration! What a beautiful message of the true meaning of love and happiness. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wayne it might but fun. But we would have to get a new uniform -- those white shirts and skinny ties -- not going to happen, it scares children and dogs. And we would have to walk fast. I think it is creeepy to walk down the sidewalk at a tenth of a mile an hour.

      Sometimes it is laughter that causes love first. Thanks for lightening me up!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Cat. In the physical I act appropriate. I suppose my writing is getting better, because what I am being hard on myself about are thoughts. Those nano-second thoughts that we train ourselves to ignore. That split second choice we make to act in love. It would be nice to skip that, and just go auto with loving. But I guess having to make that choice is what it is all about.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is just a wonderful comment. Thank you BlossomSB

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good stuff. Almost makes me want to take down my, no soliciting, sign. I would join you knocking doors with this one.

    • Cantuhearmescream profile image

      Cat 

      5 years ago from New York

      Dear Eric,

      Will you please stop saying you're not a poet? You are to! :D

      What a message Eric, honestly... you're hard on yourselves sometime and refer to yourself as mean, but I don't believe it! You love hard and you love often and I'm grateful always!

      Hugs and love,

      Cat

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a lovely, thoughtful poem! Yes, we have the choice and to choose love and kindness may be a kind of madness in this frenetic world of ours, but isn't it wonderful? Voted it up.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Gus, you are an angel. I would just bet that you walk into a room, and people get happier. I know that by you dropping by my poor unpainted hub you made me happier, and that is angelic.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Deborah, I just looked at your picture and said "howdy doodie and halalujah" you exude love. Some day maybe someone besides my children and my wife will look at my ugly mug and say "he loves me", but for now I am happy they do not just run away.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Soldout777, I was so embarrassed today, this was the theme to my sermon today, and the old codgers and blue haired ladies clapped. How unsophisticated. LOL As long as there is a soapbox or an old oak tree, I shall proclaim the beauty of love, Thank you for sharing yours with me.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Do people tell you often that they love your handle here? I do and I found this hub to be awesome and voted as such: https://hubpages.com/politics/Suburbia-Individuali...

      If I made your moment, I am deeply honored.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Yes you are so right it's all about Love.. love is the only answer.. blessings to you

      Debbie

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      soldout777 

      5 years ago

      It's all about Love, and God is LOVE!

      Great hub..

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      Charles 

      5 years ago from Wales, UK

      love this hub! voted it up

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Howdy Eric (Ericdierker) -

      I never wrote a sermon nor did any "house-to-house," but lots of times folks will ask me why I smile so much.

      Gus :-)))

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Life is just waiting out Lady. My boy and me are going out there and spreading the love today ---- What could be more joyful? Thank you for sending a rocket full my way.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kathryn, I sometimes I have regrets. Like not having met you earlier. But maybe I would not have appreciated and loved you so before.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Billy we are one thousand miles apart yet walk the same by golly great path. I am thinking and praying for you and your early dimentia buddy, listening to Taj Mahal and getting ready to preach. I love Sundays.

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      Debra Allen 

      5 years ago from West By God

      I love it! I voted up useful, awesome and beautiful my friend. Have a great and joyful day.

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is a sweet message about love, and spreading happiness. Sometimes words are unnecessary.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We speak the same language, and there really is only one language for anyone willing to listen.....love.

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