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Eric' Sunday Sermon; What a Wonerful World

Updated on March 31, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.


Maybe we don't know much more than love.
Maybe we don't know much more than love. | Source

Not Me

We do not do Ok here. That is forbidden. If this day is not better than yesterday we sit and ask why. What is missing? Always the answer comes up that we have not loved enough. The boy is naked 9 years old. He is going on twenty and shows no signs of being in my league of thought way above. Why can’t I multiply 994 times 3 quick in my head? He can as I have taught him. At near on 10 my job of raising is done. He has a path built in.

We did a climb/hike of over 400 vertical today to get ready for one mile vertical. We brought home flowers for mom and we nearly puked before the summit. Not my job to judge but only to encourage. Maybe only my self. I stumbled with my forty pound practice pack. My job is to carry on and show fear yet not be crippled by it. A text and picture to mom and WOW!! Was the response. We do not do OK around here. We pray the Lord’s Prayer and we ask love to carry us on. Nare on twenty pounds in his pack and gritted teeth of determination. We held hands as we crossed the top.

It was his idea to go today. He made mistakes. I made mistakes. What better gift to give another than to fail and ask for help?

We refuse to do OK and well. The peak is our goal the valley is our challenge. We will not give up. We stumble and ask for a hand. And we are one.

I had this nasty bout with something they said would kill me for sure but give it a shot to live. 6 months later my elder son showed up on a twelve mile ridge to carry my pack and give me relief from a burden. That which is must be shared in harmony of love.

There was a time. Not glorious at all. My buddy busted a knee. Purple and ugly. We had 400 feet up to go. So I swapped packs, 100 feet up and then 100 down to get his pack. We fashioned a cane for him. And through hours we made the ridge and met with men who carried him. I had fully forgotten the episode until he reminded some 15 years later. It was about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. We ran out of water with an hour or more to go. We can endure and we can do what they call “Suffer” in joy. We have faith in love. I do not remember the moment when I fell down. I woke up in a backwoods restaurant 30 miles back. We press on and we do what is called upon us to do. And that is always love.

I heard a tale

We are not allowed to live this life twice. And I wonder what that means.

Slave Trader. So Let Us See.

I Am Just a Traveler

Who saves who?
Who saves who? | Source


I offered that up. I for sure could not have done that. No way, no how. I was one tough hombre at around forty but not that tough. God did it. God acted through love into me. I loved my buddy.

In one month we will go back there to that inner gorge with 3 children under 10 years old. Third generation of back country hiking the Grand Canyon. Us old guys are in 60’s but the middle guys (30ish) could carry me out with one arm tied behind their back.

Now grasp this idea please for a moment for a writer. Five star hotels are really cool. I like them. I grew up using a pump for water to the home/cabin and getting firewood for the stove. (only like 4 months a year) A cast iron stove was like God loving me.

Aside from pulling stumps and straightening nails. Swimming holes and planting vegetables. Gathering stuff like Black Walnuts, Watercress, wild Dandelion leaf and blackberries and Cactus pears. One time I caught enough trout to feed the whole family. Well maybe more than once. Check this out; a stick pole and grubs. And a little scaring them under rocks and just reaching under getting bit and carrying them out by the gills. My white buddies called me half Indian and my Indian buddies called me half white. My family just called me Eric.

Now don’t you worry because I am coming to a point in all that nonsense above. But let us stop here and look at ecclesiastical terms that warrant comparative religion studies and feeling. Ordinary. That means to live life right so you don’t get separated from God/Love. “Extraordinary” which means even if you screw up bad, Love/God will pull you right out of the muck and mire and back to love. (no charge ;-) Hey little buddies who are messing up. Love and you will live well in the ordinary. Love well and our Lord buddy will bring you to the extra ordinary. So easy yet so hard.

Reach out. Love is not a handout. Love is not a hand up. Our hands are not strong enough. But love’s hand is so powerful that there are no bounds. You do it. In and out and out and in makes no difference. We got nothing but we got everything in love. A day ago someone told me I was sick. Perhaps. I just got some love. I wonder what it means to not be well. I looked up the meaning of “worrying” yesterday. I forgot it. Perhaps I am a Lilly in the field with plumage without toiling for it. I think I will garden today, maybe some friendship if I am well.


Let us not just look but see.
Let us not just look but see. | Source

Dance, Dance and Dance Some More!!

Give Peace to Everything That Grows

We are finding issues here. Our life is so sweet that we are not rocking the boat or “stirring it up” as somewhere around 2 Timothy 1 maybe around 5 if I am correct. I ain’t so good with numbers. The point being that you do not move furniture around in a blind man’s home. But maybe us other blind peoples need things shifted about. Too comfy and too apathetic which is the opposite of love. We must care.

I take a “love Song” and turn them into Love God songs. It is so easy. Someone sings a great love song and I take it out of context and replace lover with just love. Funny that I just wrote “just” love. Love is in my bones. Love hurts, love breathes in me and love is my backpack on a tough climb out of the canyon that has taken so many lives yet through the glory of nature has brought so many closure to love.

I have walked through the valley of the shadow of death, I did not fear. For the love was with me. The rod and the staff they comfort me. Love preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: Love anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Something along the lines of Psalm 23. We just do some running over in my home.

A funny thing is that I do not do power gardening tools. Each plant, weed or not. It deserves my respect. If I cannot look a plant in the eye then I diminish me. Peoples use foul machines to wreak havoc on plants? We use chemicals to kill. Well not in my spot of God’s given earth. We pollute the air and water to be a gardener? Not on my dead body. If I take a plant it is by my own hand with reverence.

We go all intellectual here. Or maybe blow it out. Start new. I have forgotten more than most have lived. Mom or Dad influence? Probably more Bi-polar than most.

But this day we celebrate. This is the day that love has made, we must rejoice and be glad in it and rejoice.

Maybe We Can Learn Together


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi friends. My troll is back. I will try to get rid of his posts quickly. But I have "spring" vegetables to tend to. So I may be late. Love to all as all is love to me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh my goodness my friend who is Jodah and John. I gave my boy 5 pieces as a handicap in chess. When he was seven. Brutal how he beat me. I just gave away my old ping pong table. AMVETS charity. We will do more darts.

      I still have a hard time figuring the lessons from my children. Perhaps just maybe that is how it is meant to be. We do not do easy John we do challenge.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Larry it is cool that I do not remember getting to know you. We just met up. There is no "date". I don't think I let you know enough - will try to do better, you are part of my learning experience. My son and I read your good stuff. More on that on your hub of Flannery.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim thank you for coming by. I was in a tiff yesterday so I turned of communication devices. I got this little baby farm here. I put my mind to gardening. About the third weed pulling and thinning of beets it hit me. That I am kind of lousy at growing plants. But I love them and they love me back. Maybe I do not do normal farming so well but I am blessed to be able to grow love.

      And friends like you are my till and water. (no laughing here, perhaps I am the fertilizer ;-)

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, Eric you pretty well summed it up that Love is everything and everything is done in love. I like your ethic, “forbidding ok” and always aiming for the summit. You teach us a lot of good lessons in this sermon. I used to feel a little guilty that I was always very competitive be it sport, games, my job, whatever I tried. My wife often thought I took things too seriously.

      For instance, even playing something like table tennis against one of my sons (who are now all in there late 20s and 30s and still can’t beat me lol) I would throw enough shots so they could get within two or three points, but if they wanted to win they had to finish it off with their own ability. If you make it too easy for them they don’t try harder to improve. I did the same with my eldest and chess, but now he can beat me three games out of four. A wonderful sermon.

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      Larry Slawson 

      14 months ago from North Carolina

      Always enjoy reading your weekly hubs, Eric. Thank you for sharing!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby now I am not one for Religion. I falter in such. But my son is now the Cross bearer as an Acolyte. As his big brother before him and as I was before that and Dad was before that as a Jesuit. That tradition lives on. But our tradition of love is far stronger and far more healing.

      We do not even do healing here we do well. Crazy Sunday after formal worship here. We are so irreverent and laughing. The lady is at the stove and we will go have water fights. Somebody pinch me.

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      Tim Truzy 

      14 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric,

      I love this:

      "We refuse to do OK and well. The peak is our goal the valley is our challenge. We will not give up. We stumble and ask for a hand. And we are one."

      Excellent, and refreshing.

      I always thought we get to taste the dish of life twice: from our meals of daily experiences, and getting a fabulous dessert in uplifting writing such as yours.

      Wonderful sermon, Eric. Keep us focused on love and the positives of life.

      May your family and you always be blessed.

      With deepest admiration and respect,


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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I thank you for saying that. I just have a net below my trapeze. Crazy as that seems to so many. I can launch into the air of the abysses and Christ is there to catch me before I fall. I maybe would rather stay at home with rosaries.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I do expect that our love of life is different like a snowflake. What a joy we have in living. The rain pours and my boy and I dance in it. Each raindrop different from the first and the last.

      Oh my, I would not give a single hour to get rid of fear. I am afraid my Lasagna will not be just right.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela my boy and I do Mulligans and "do overs". (hihihi my sisters called them "due ovaries". tougher than me but girls;-)

      I told my elder son once that we only get to screw up one time the same. He reminds me. I certainly plan on loving tomorrow more than today.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I just had someone totally disrespect me and waist my time on this precious day. So be it. It does not ruin my day for I can start over whenever I choose.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, the way you teach, the way you preach is so refreshing, You are just one of us. We all are trying to live in a world that's forgotten about love. As I watch the evening news and hear about hate, I want to turn it off and be ignorant, but I know we must learn and act when we can. Like always, love is the key that opens a heart to goodness. I hope and pray that you are well and growing stronger.

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      William Kovacic 

      14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You always push the limits, Buddy! What a way to What a way to live only once!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      14 months ago from Washington DC

      You and I, brother Eric, walk very near the same path but we define our terms just a bit different. And I want you to know for several reason I'm inspired by your saying about your son "At near on 10 my job of raising is done" and they all bring joy (love) to me.

      You "take a 'love Song' and turn them into Love God songs" while I take songs and turn them into "Love of God songs" like I did in my hub "What-Is-Spirit-Saying".

      I daily "walked through the valley of the shadow of death 'fearing' evil" because "fear" is an "indifference" that excites caution in me.


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Your life is all about love and you have such a loving beautiful family. You are blessed Eric.

      I wonder if the statement you can't live this life twice means Get it Right the first time. Just a thought. I wish you good health my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A glorious Sunday here in God's's pretty hard to be in a bad mood on a day like this, so I don't even try. Maggie and I will go to the farm soon and make about 100 chickens happy...and they will make us happy...and man alive, ain't that what it's all about, my friend?


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