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Eric's Sunday Sermon; A Daily Personal Resurrection, Yours!
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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.
Very cool song
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.
Blossom to dormant and back
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.