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Eric's Sunday Sermon;The Easter App, No Man Left Behind

Updated on April 16, 2017

Our children, if allowed, re-teach us happy

When you see a mug like this and do not smile, you need to see a shrink
When you see a mug like this and do not smile, you need to see a shrink | Source

Don't worry be happy

So easy for Christian folk to go sideways on this wonderful day. Do not do it. I beseech you to not go there. Happy Easter! Oh man some of the sermons on Easter get way out there in left field. Do not do it. Stay centered.

Now if you are a Christian that is great. Easter is not the day to subjugate or convert. It just is not. It is a happy day. We do not say “merry” Easter. We say happy Easter. We do not say “glorious” Easter we say Happy Easter. Happy is what we should be today.

I have a couple of really awesome friends who go down a serious path of spirituality not entirely based on Christ or Easter. Let us face it, Christmas is not the penultimate Christian holiday, Easter is. But we always call each other on Easter to rejoice. They kind of just feed off my joy and happiness. They wish me the best and ask what is in store for my new year as they know I really think Easter is “New Year’s”. I started today with celebrations and will pick up with Easter Bunny and Egg stuff tomorrow and celebrate in church tomorrow. I often refer to it as Christ’s real birthweek.

A funny thing but my young son does not get the eggs thing. He loves bunnies of course but he is all about us being born forever in our soul with Christ. Very strange because I tout happy happy happy and celebration.

Another funny thing, I do not really care much for social gatherings. Kind of reclusive in my own way. But Easter is a time when I do all social happy stuff. Like someone asking me “how are you doing” and I chew their ear off for twenty minutes letting them full well know how great it is to have Easter. Did I mention that out here in the Southwest Easter is a time of flowers taking off and trees blooming to a full crescendo of colors. You should see our Bougainvillea’s, whahoo and Yippee. So Easter cannot be held up by clergy or by those still mourning the passion and crucifixion. If thee touches foot on my soil thou shalt be happy or be gone with you. That is how we rock and I hope you do too.

I am so sorry but these guys just crack me up. So Silly the make me Happy

I did not know this man but this man came back to his roots to make his people happy.

The big return

In my day I have left a lot of social groupings and passed on to others. I am not good at maintaining relationships. I like to move on for a reason and living in several countries like Vietnam, France, Mexico and US NewEngland it is easy to seek new and forget old. So I understand the leaving of His people when Christ allowed himself to depart. But I am in full on humble adoration for Him coming back. That is so awesome. And as He can count the hairs on a gnat’s ass He counted me as one that He returned for. Me?! Whacka Whacka Yahoo!! So as the story goes there is this great guy who gets holy hell beat out of him, and is hung on a cross with nails and sliced open by my then people and yet the dude has the audacity to return. And He don’t do it for glory or for himself He does it for two thousand year later me. No Way!! And yet yes way!

So my job on Easter is to let others know how happy I am for me and mine. That Jesus so loved me and them that he came back for us. Sure “resurrection” sounds good. But that is like a feat or miracle. The intent is what sells me. He did not come back to be a badass He came back for me. Now I am a pretty good dad and husband. Not a great provider. But OK. I have done some bad stuff and I have let bad stuff happen around me. But nobody ever has loved me so much as shown on Easter. In the field of battle I am not so sure they should risk other lives to come back for me should I be held up for some reason. That is just a reality check that I must live with. I do not think I am necessarily wretched but maybe wretched lite?

So even if the resurrection is part myth, I am the one the myth was written for. It gives me some redemption that someone really loves me. I think we all need the love of not being forgotten and being lifted up. Make no danged mistake here my friends I do not deserve being lifted up and recharged or as we like to say reborn.

So Easter is like the judge giving me a lighter sentence as long as I hang out and love my neighbors and my family and God above all else. There is a lesson here for more than just us Christians. We should all look for who came back for us.

After a rather bad bout with cancer, about a year later I went on another Grand Canyon non-maintained trail hike. I did not do so well. My 16 year old nearly ran to the camp area. Then emptied his pack and scooted right back up the trail to help carry some of my pack weight. Just that coming back meant so much that I got through and carried my weight down to the river camp. Coming back for someone is such an important act of love.

Which way?

Are they back there waiting for you?
Are they back there waiting for you? | Source

Lest we forget

Thank you to all of you

Did you know that if you are walking on a path you cannot reach your hand out forward to help someone? You must reach back to lend a hand. (forget the occasional butt push ;-) An older brother can only lead from the front, yet his mind must be on the back. Likewise in our love, we must lead in love in order to carry another into love. You cannot push someone into love but you can coax them there.

So Christ and you are siblings of God. God sent his son back for his brother. There is just no time line here. He came back for me though in my thought I was not yet here. Is there any more ultimate paying it forward than that?

I was just staring out over the ocean – beautiful day with a few whales giving us a show and surfers giving us another show. In funny fashion I got all happy inside. For some reason I had the feeling of a child on Christmas eve. Easter is coming and I am sure that I am worth Him coming back for me. I am really loved. Whahoo!

For secularists and Christians and others would you do me a favor? It is kind of small really and yet huge and hard for me to ask. Would you do a simple turn around and go back to someone to help them up? I think you can see that this is a good and noble thing to do. Who through their own ignorance and malfeasance got left behind? Forget what the outcome may be, just go back for them. No child left behind. No Marine left behind. We are both warriors and children.

And just in closing may I suggest a cool thing. If we left someone behind we left a piece of us behind, it is time to go reclaim it in loving victory.

An Easter egg?

This boys parents need to get an Easter grip
This boys parents need to get an Easter grip | Source

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel you may not know just how right you are about that petition stuff. I did a minor stint as a congregations adviser on jus canonicum Episcopal. During the upheaval over gayness. Pretty strange that stuff.

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      Mel Carriere 5 months ago from San Diego California

      A lawyer's prayers are always appreciated, because they know how to fill out the paperwork to get the petitions quicker before the throne.  Have a great sojourn in Sedona.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I pray for your ranchhands friend.

      I just assumed you were in someplace like Truth of Consequences NM.

      I think we need our spring break. I am headed to a small cabin just above Sedona AZ you are welcome to come.

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      Mel Carriere 5 months ago from San Diego California

      Sorry it look me so long to wish you Happy Easter, we've been having a few problems here on the ranch. I just wanted to say that, I don't know what I'd do on a real battlefield with bullets flying, I'd probably duck behind your carcass to block bullets, but on the literary battlefield you can count on me to drag your wounded a** to safety.

      Belated Peace and Happiness to you and your photogenic family, Easter and always.

      P.S. Not that you are ever wounded on the literary battlefield. You are always the soul of erudition.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, I must confess Easter is not a total day of relaxation for me. With secular and church activities and all that stuff with a young one. But it for sure is a day of contemplation of the love we are so freely given and our family loves it together.

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      Dana Tate 5 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Easter, is one of my favorite holiday's. It is the day where I can relax with family and friends and be truly grateful.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, thank your very much for this fine note. I deeply appreciate it. It just struck me that that bond for Marines truly gave a human best side that reflects our Lord Jesus Christ.

      We can see the love of truly risking one's life for another, even at a passing. That simply cannot just be out of duty. It also must come from an agape.

      The kindness you show me here reflects a deep love of man.

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      John Ward 5 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      "No Man Left Behind" is the Marine Motto. (U S Marine Corp). The motto of the Royal Marines "Semper Fidelis" (Always Faithful) But both "C0rps of Marines do strive to follow the aim to not leave any member wounded or Dead behind in enemy hands. Cant always be successful because action can be chaotic. You have applied this to the Easter message and I laud you for it because it does give the message of the passion and Easter straight for all. Easter is a happy Time and at this time of year we should be happy. Thank you immensely. Well done. John W

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora we had a wonderful Easter. And I hope you and yours did likewise.

      The combination of Easter and new beginnings of Spring are just wonderful. Hoorah for renewal.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sure, Eric. Easter is a time for love, for caring, for reaching out to others--all of which you do here on HP all year round. Glad you enjoyed Easter and may you experience God's resurrection power in your healing this year.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, my love. I am not clear on the abysses I have stared into in my life. Perhaps too many to recount. But I have never been left alone. Jesus has always lifted me up and like you, not for me but for others. I am owned. Not by life but by Christ. I close my eyes and feel His hand in mine. We are blessed.

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      Lori Colbo 5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      In 1999 I was on a psychiatric unit. My room had a massive window and I sat on the window sill watching the sunrise over the city crying out to God. How could I go on? He gave me this song about the cross and subsequent glorious resurrection. I can't hear it without breaking down in utter gratitude for what God did for me in the moment. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWTnLD4wOl0

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I was just sitting and paying attention to nothing out side the Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, sitting on a bench. And I was just whistling this song. Keep in mind I am kind of old, fat and gray, and these two Blonde bombshells from Sweden came up and just started dancing to this wonderful be happy tune. Of course we had a dance party and about ten joined us. Right in front of the guards at the hard core communist entrances. We partied down the street getting roughed up but smiling. My now wife came and rescued me from such mayhem as many were detained. Some how a guy in a suit did not belong. Love

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      Linda Lum 5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Ruby Jean Fuller asked about the Bobby McFerrin video (Don't Worry, Be Happy). Yes, that is Robin Williams. The other actor is Bill Irwin. Check out his bio on IMDB.com (my girls know him as Mr. Noodle on Elmo's World).

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I have a wonderful ex-wife and a talented 31 year old son that both have degrees in art. And they "do" their art. They shine and raise others up. When I just see your comment I am raised through your art. You may be down but you raise me up. Thanks bro.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Manatita. I hope our Big Apple is good to you. I just took a good look at your pic. You are quite a strappin bloke, good on ya'

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive you are a treasure. I mean that. I truly look forward to word from you. Thank you for being generous.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby there is a gal I have met twice and just adore. Her name really is Dolly Pardon. She likes to say "like my momma used to say I hope you get a blessing out of this". You bless my home.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for this timely and much needed message this Easter, Eric. Things have been starting to weigh me down recently, but you have helped put it in perspective and realise I have a lot to be thankful for. Hope you are having a great Easter.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Great music, my friend. Finally managed to play them. Excellent energy!!

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      Clive Williams 5 months ago from Nibiru

      i dont like social gatherings.....too much people. blessings to you sir

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Well, you did it again. I'm ' gonna ' be dehydrated before this day is over! That song is so beautiful. Thank you..

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, my young son and I have talked to all other siblings and read some Bible. We bow. And we love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa1afzmDL1Q

      I got this bad old right knee, it is sore from kneeling, but by God it feels good. Can we even imagine that fine hand raising us up. Please stay true to you love and know that I love your hand to me,

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, this was such an inspiring and emotional sermon. I know it is a day for celebration and happiness. The thought that Jesus came back for me is a new revelation for me. I must admit that I cried in church this morning, not because of the death and resurrection but an occurrence that happened just two pews in front of me. I believe the woman is in her late 90's and has to have help getting in the church. We were singing The Old Rugged Cross, she stood up and lifted her hand high until the song ended. I'm not too sure why her action moved me so, but it did. I love your idea of reaching behind us to help someone, sometimes I'm looking straight ahead and forget to look back. I loved the ' Be Happy ' video. Was one of the men Robin Williams? Thank you for your upbeat sermon. Peace and love my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My young son got impatient so we pulled early potatoes today. He is eating what he is growing and vice versa. Our love for each other is likely tied to our love for the land. We are just doing a love dance today. Clear some more and plant some more is our Easter.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda the eggs were discovered amid much joy and frolicking. We will sit down to a favorite chapter out of the Bible. A bit contrary to tradition I like to read 1 Cor 13. I think of Easter as more of a wedding than much else.

      Our extra hugs coming at you. Can you believe it but yesterday we pulled up the potatoes for breakfast today!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm always centered dude....LOVE! Is there anything else I need to do? I think not!

      Well, I do have to take care of the critters, and work in the garden, and stake up some berry bushes, but hey, I can do those things with love as well.

      So Happy Easter to you and your family, kind sir!

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      Linda Lum 5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Happy Happy Easter to you my friend! We are all about the Happy in this house and at our church. And, my garden is awakening just as is yours. Every Easter I can count on the wild trilliums blooming. Easter does not occur on the same day every year, but "somehow" they know exactly when they should open and give us a show. At this moment I can hear hummingbirds buzzing. All of nature is rejoicing!

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is breaking dawn here so the bunny has been busy and all those eggs are hidden. Giggles and laughter are soon on their Easter Bunny way. You celebrate life my friend and so I celebrate you.

      Happy Happies to you on this great day of renewal.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      A big message on a truly inspirational day. Let us celebrate together. Happy Easter, my Friend.

      I'm tempted to play the videos but still in someone else's house in NY a.m. Later, perhaps.

      The kid's growing, eh. Nice! Have a great day!!