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Eric's Sunday Sermon; A Daily Personal Resurrection, Yours!

Updated on April 14, 2017

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The break from the spiritual

We do a strange thing we bury ourselves. Of course I mean our soul. It is very difficult to figure out how we bury our love while in competition. Sports, job, arguments or what have you we swap the loving me for the competitive me. Now I do not mean that as a bad thing. It is just one of those “it is” things. And I am coming to believe that it is a good thing.

Let us just say my buddy and I are going for a run. We both start pushing it. We are motivated by each other to strive harder. We kind of take a real vacation from loving kindness. It happens in a flash and is over in another flash. Who won? The race took us out of the spiritual into a playground where strict rules are not required to be adhered to. I lost, but I got the cardio and the fun of competition, cheeks rosy and calories burned off and lungs bursting with new purity. I won, and he won.

I wonder if leaving the loving spiritual for a moment is very healthy. Intensity of driven purpose is a great thing. For some reason in my getting a bit older than testosterone 20’s I have picked up how to compete in grace. Now do not be silly, Daddy Dierker can talk smack and taunting with the best. It is an art form and a form of bonding. “Your Momma” jokes should never go out of style. But here is the thing. I have worked this self-talk of loving others up one side and down the other and it often causes issues with not “speaking up for myself”. Fine. But now when I compete I carry this habit of loving right onto the dance floor baby. It works out just fine and it is the new me. That is who I am now.

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When and when not?

So we tuck away our constant contact with God for a few moments and just get down and dirty human. I reckon it is not a foregone conclusion that in that mode one might sin against thy neighbor. Our habits of love do not get buried. They are not even on the table of life negotiations. Sure the connection to God may be somewhat put aside but years of prayer and the practice of love cannot be shoved down. A heartbeat, taking a breath, seeing and hearing do not turn off. And in good people this is the same for their love. It just becomes a part of you.

There was a time when I worked the night shift in physical security in a city in the worst 20% as far as crime goes. The gang bosses actually sent off young ones to fight in Iraq. The concept worked, they came back with illegal weapons and very skilled at using them. So I go around a corner and bam, right in my face is a gang sentry. Well-armed. So I brought a punch down on the bridge of his nose before eye contact was even made. But I pulled the punch. That means I did not pile drive him to the pavement. Just shocked and awed with a slight broken nose. Even physical fighting can be influenced by love and yet still create a “victory”.

For many nights I reflected on the close call and I came to see that within me there was a force of habit lack of brutality. I did not go into inflicting hurt mode. I probably should have. But there it was, a learning of a habit not to inflict unnecessary hurt. The intellect only came into the training but the action was full on not intellect. Somehow through intentional effort I created a “habit” of love that did not require intentional action on my part. “Engrained”?

Oh you can go see a shrink and get medicine that makes you mellow. You can go see a therapist who helps you with changing behaviors and reactions. But you can also sit down daily and kind of chart out a course for love. You can do it. Jon was a thirty year old hell raiser. Now he is a sixty year old love maker. If I can step into my garden and pull weeds, trim my roses, and fertilize organically I can trim and weed out me and teach me to grow in good fashion. I do not need to practice Einstein’s theory of insanity. I do not need to stick my hand in the fire every day.

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Blossom to dormant and back

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The ease of transition

So back to the resurrection concept. Yes on a daily basis we can bury our spiritual intentions. We can actually function quite well without acknowledging the love in our hearts. We can simply focus on the task at hand. It would seem wise to keep an eye out that we do not “turn our backs on God”.

Please do not jump to the conclusion that in the metaphorical burying we are dead to God or vice versa. We all can consider the notion of different parts of us being dead. Braindead, heart stopped, and soul death. I do not think that we would call a person “resurrected” if through CPR they were brought back to life. But resurrect generally means to bring something back from death or non-use. We can understand someone using the word when referring to someone restarting a career after retiring for a number of years. If we put a blender aside but then got back into making smoothies we could say we resurrected the blender.

So just while we compete for a bit we set aside our spiritual. And then resurrect it when we have finished the human task. Again I am speaking of the intentional being in love, not that which we have created as a habit. And yet it is that habit that we have formed that allows us to resurrect our love. It is interesting to see newlyweds who argue and couples that have been together in love for quite some time argue. Those that have developed a habit of love fall right back into love after stepping aside from it for a spell. And it is just tragic to see a couple that has not maintained that loving habit – but hey they can always resurrect it.

So join me in a little prayer mantra type deal. “Lord keep me practicing love, so that when I have fallen out of it, it is natural to fall back in”. And it just hit me my friends that I need to pray the same for you. I need to give my loving intentions to others that need to love. Yes, in fact I need to encourage others who are making a habit out of loving to love.

Back to resurrection. I think we can prepare ourselves to get back to loving after not loving. We can help others do it too. It seems to me that many people routinely find themselves falling out of love of God and others. But they can do this resurrection deal. Truly it seems to be a personal closeness with God type arrangement. I really cannot preach it or demand scripture for it. But I hope I can help a friend or two take it easy on themselves and not view any setting aside of love as a condition that would prevent a full resurrection of that love.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was the most beautiful sermon I've heard/read in many moons. It hit me smack dab in ' me ' heart. I like it when you ' talk smack ' We are all human and live in a world that offers so much. God lives within our heart's, but other people are near and dear, and we share great times with them. Thank you Eric. I feel regenerated each time you write. Hugs my dear preacher man...

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, This cheered my heart in so many ways. Reading the introductory paragraphs caused me to recall a movie that our church had made of the life of Jesus. He wasn't depicted as a pious person quoting Scripture. He was shown interacting with his disciples--talking and laughing and even teasing. Our God has a sense of humor (the construct of the human body attests to that, doesn't it?).

      Yes, we all need to encourage each other to love--forgive others, and forgive yourself.

      This is the perfect weekend to reflect on "resurrection". May you have a blessed Easter.

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      Louise Powles 2 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a lovely sermon. I love Johnny Cash singing Rock of Ages.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, I haven't a greenback in my wallet. But we have a reservoir that is free fishing for little guys. But my boy decided on a hike up into the canyon on this Good Friday.

      Soon there will be nothing but he and I and that is such a blessing.

      Ruby you really lifted me up here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, thank you so much for that encouragement including your awesome connection with Christ. We do not do "Church" type stuff today like we could. But for the obvious reason we go "hyper-love" on this day.

      Hiking picnic lunch. We will do sandwiches into the backpack. Freeze everything for a few so we can use mayonnaise on our huge sandwiches. Eat within 2 hours.

      Why is it that whenever I am planning a meal I think of you and your love for our human nutrition? So cool!

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Louise we just love this day. And your comment is like you are joining us. That is special. Thank you.

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      Hari Prasad S 2 months ago from Bangalore

      Eric,

      Great write.

      Excellent simple mantra you have decoded for us. I rephrased.

      'I thank almighty, for he is the one in you who is in me too.'

      Everything we have been blessed with, in this planet, is love. Whether we like the situations or not we must accept it with grace. Then we can be back to thanking mode.

      - hari

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I rose from the ashes a little over ten years ago, a real life phoenix, looking desperately for a new life...and damn if love didn't show me the way.

      Have a blessed weekend, my friend, and love always!

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hari that is an excellent rephrase. That concept about love being in me and in you also and that the almighty is love is priceless to get. Thank you much.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill what ever road you took to get to exactly where you are today, I am grateful for it. You are love.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      You paint the picture well, and to a certain extent life's mostly like that. I just answered a question on 'being alive' and 'true living.'

      In this context, 'being alive' is like your scenario, while in true living the competition is still there, but accompanied with the sense of something Higher. Here the only aim is progress ... self-transcendence and not victory or defeat.

      But yes, the other way ultimately leads to this. Both are necessary.

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      Dana Tate 2 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I just left a similar comment on another hubber's hub, I follow. The best day of my life is when I learned that I wasn't less spiritual if i didn't walk in "love" all the time. I made myself ill trying to be this wonderful person, who everyone seemed to walk on. Now, when people say; "Jesus calls you to walk in love, I say yes, but He doesn't call you to be a doormat."

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Manatita, loved your piece this morning. We just finished the very un-spiritual secular tradition of coloring our eggs so the Easter Bunny can gather them up at night and we have hunt in the morning. But we gathered around and had fun in the sun and enjoyed each other's company. And it became spiritual through the tons of love. Life is so good!

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana I hear you loud and clear. In simple times it is easy to be all exuding loving radiance.

      But the true light to follow in another is when they handle adversity in a strong self loving way. In clear fact we injure others when we allow injury to ourselves by another. I look at my son who is clearly a child of God and have to remind myself that so am I.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      Ha ha. You would be surprised to know some of the things we support. What you are doing is not un-spiritual. All great fun. Wit, fun, humour and so on are all great for the Soul. Just saw a play in our spiritual convention this very night. All about cowboys. So funny. We laughed and laughed ... such happiness.

      A very Happy Easter to you and family.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Love you Manatita, be careful now I rode hard in the saddle for a bit - they called me a long haired cowboy. Life is good with you in it friend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, this article reminds me of the poetry line, "In me two worlds at war." You demonstrated this very well and your suggestion to to get back on track after the detour is wise.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That quote really does say a lot. Thank you Dora.

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Pretty awesome message here. I'll join you with the 'prayer mantra'

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

      Thank you for your comment Lawrence and thanks for joining me.

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