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Eric's Sunday Sermon; A Loving Perspective

Updated on March 22, 2015

We can choose what we view and how we view it.

Our perspective is built upon our combined experiences. Choose to make your experiences positive and love filled.
Our perspective is built upon our combined experiences. Choose to make your experiences positive and love filled. | Source

A loving perspective.

Have you ever sat down and truly pondered what it means to have a loving heart. Believe it or not acts of love are the easiest of things. We simply do the right thing. Yes we know it is easier said than done. But in truth it is easy. You simply decide on the most loving course of action and then do it. There are a million excuses for why we do not do this more often.

The fact of the matter is that it always boils down to selfishness. “I do not want to”. The scenarios are endless and the obvious causes are plentiful. Anger, fear, laziness, insecurity and vengeance are just a few to name easily. The worst above all is not a real danger at all, until it is – we do not have the time.

Think about the last justified thing you did that was not with a loving heart. Perhaps you argued to win your point. Perhaps did not help someone in obvious need, because you were too busy or you did not want to “interfere”. Just yesterday I was done shopping and in a hurry to get home to fix dinner “in time”. I saw the little old lady begin to struggle getting her groceries into her car. I justified not helping her by demanding to myself and my young son that I was just in too much of a hurry. As I was about to start my car’s ignition my son asked me why I was in too much of a hurry to help. He just plain ruined it for me. I had to get out of the car and go help. To my chagrin she was so upset with her helplessness she did not even thank me but rather grumbled and was a bit rude. So much for gratification for doing a loving thing. Then that son of mine did not say “good for you” or “way to go dad” in a real smarty pants manner he said “now don’t you feel better”. It was the easiest thing to do and I knew from the outset that it was the right thing to do. (And for those of you wondering – yes dinner was served “on time”.)

I used to view anything that even remotely sounded like rap and dislike it. Now I can listen and look for the love.

How about you?

Do you look for the love in the day to day?

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Look for the love and you will find it!

The notion here goes deeper than the doing of the thing. The notion must permeate our psyche. It is not enough to act in love. Some would recognize the wonderful phrase “Works without faith is dead” and that is not really a proper quote. Look to James 2:14-26 where you will find a nice discourse on needing both the faith and the acts. My point here being that if we simply act out of a sense of duty we are missing the real juice and sweetness of love.

Here is a thought that just may help me to explain this notion. If we take any good spiritual teaching we will find that it is written in love. If we find otherwise then we should discount the teaching. That is not a complicated thought. If it is said in love and applies to our spirituality then it is worth paying some attention to. If it applies to our spirituality but is written in something other than love then we should shun it as it will lead to despair. And so here is the tricky part for us. We must then learn the lesson in love. For instance if we read scripture and come away with a thought or perceived lesson received that is not consistent with love then we read it wrong. If there are two or more possible understandings then the one with love is the correct understanding.

Some folks just do not exude love.

Unless love is what we are looking for.
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One of my all time favorites. What is not to love?

Into action.

Perhaps our heads are shaking that this concept is at once too simple and at the same time too complicated. Let us go back to the beginning here. “A loving perspective”. How can we perceive the very teachings that guide us in faith and love with anything less than faith and love? If we perceive it with anger, fear, laziness, insecurity and vengeance then that is what we get from it. And now this my friends is how we will in return act. If we perceive our lessons as punishment for our wrongs then we begin to view the world in those terms and a hell cycle begins. If we view it in love then a love cycle begins.

This applies how? Well we just cannot put garbage in and expect love to come out. How we nourish ourselves is as important as how we nourish others. If we take the position of love, not only in how we give but also in how we receive, our cycle and actions of love become natural. Even our words become more loving.

Positive affirmations seem very funny to me. They seem almost like gobbledygook. But guess what? I use them hourly. How can one go wrong with saying over and over to oneself “I am love”? Try it you may just love the results.

A beautiful evening on a promenade.

I love fountains and I love sunsets.
I love fountains and I love sunsets. | Source

We need to give as much as we need to receive.

We can play with fire. Most of us do it in the day to day and we do not even realize it. We put negative unloving stuff in our brain and in our hearts every hour of every day. How dare we treat ourselves so poorly? We take in hate and anger and violence and malevolence. We even build up resentments and distrust and suspicions in our own hearts. How can we spew out love when all we take in is garbage? In logical thought we reach a stumbling block here. How can we do good where it is needed if we avoid all of the negative and nasty all day long? Mustn’t we associate with evil or neglect if we are to help correct it? That is a tough one. But the answer is easy. Oh not because of any great thought coming from this author and not because of any diving providence. No the answer is easy because it takes no work on our part. We must have faith that opportunities to act in love will present themselves. And take my humble word for it. No matter how hard we try we cannot completely avoid suffering. Even if it is just in the parking lot of a grocery store.

Let me ask a tough question to ponder. In the parking lot scenario with the little old lady, who was more in need? The little old lady that needed love to help her. The hurried father who had no room to share his love? Or perhaps the young child who needed to see an act of love? I tell you in full truth that all three needed a loving perspective. And there is beauty in that. So perhaps the next time you are too busy you will take the time to breathe in and breathe out and put on your loving spectacles.

Today is a busy day, like all others it seems. So there is not enough time to do all the things we must do to keep ourselves in a loving perspective. So we have to make the time when we can to store it up. Simple mantras or beautiful music or a good friend can remind us to step back and then step up. Once we make it a habit it becomes our default position and we can tap into it easily. A loving perspective must become a way of life.

Author's note

This sermon was supposed to go out yesterday. But love just got in the way and I had to play with family so I got distracted. I guess I should check my priorities ;-)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      You have such an ability to put the sublime into the everyday.

      This is a very good lesson for us all. My partner saved someone from the canal the other day - not on his own of course, others came to help; they, and we, saw the love in the situation but I also saw the 'not my problem' attitude, or it may have been the self-absorption that stopped others noticing an empty wheelchair at the top of the canal bank!

      Your view of the world is refreshing and wonderful. Thanks for today's share of your thoughts, Eric.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are what you think....you get what you seek....positive in/positive out....timeless thoughts for a better life, and nobody promotes the good life as well as you, my friend.

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

      Hooray for today Ann it is marvelous to hear such stories of inspiration and hope coming from a loving heart. Everyday the world is a wonderful place if we look for it.

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

      Billy aren't we just blessed to get at least a sliver of love everyday. Let us keep spreading the good news!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You certainly spread the good news Eric and the good news is love. "Love one another as I have loved you." That's a big task but easy to do if we love. There are certainly times when it's easier to hate but "We must have faith that opportunities to act in love will present themselves." Thank you for sharing the love my friend.

      Voted all but funny, oh, and shared.

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

      Thank you Mary for such a fine comment and addition to this hub. When I think of all the love I have received I am awestruck.

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      Ah, yes.. time does get in the way, and it becomes an excuse, like many others. My parents are the most loving people I know. They take the time out not only for themselves and each other, but the family, community and world in general. Whenever I get the "selfish feeling", I remind myself how good they are. There is so much love and beauty in the world if you take the time to find and embrace it. Great sermon!

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

      I think that beacons like your parents help us to see that we can be likewise. Thank you Country Sunshine for coming by and relating this story.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Sir, the Sunday Sermon has everything that this crazy and madly engrossed world needs so badly. What you say of loving perspective is so true. I have personally seen so many people coming to help me in trouble, so spontaneously that I was completely amazed.

      Today, my car stuck in a small drain. To my utter surprise, pat came the

      help from a few bystanders who were so complete strangers to me. They lifted the car up from the rear on their hands and retrieved it. You so truly brought forth a great message, and yes, we must keep this loving perspective in default position, always. Thank you very much.

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

      It is very good to hear from you Harish. Your own recent example reminds us that people really do have the love in their hearts. Your story shows us the complete cycle and it is a good thing.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very great and awesome Sermon. That boy asked the right thing- "now don't you feel better?" It gives some pleasant satisfaction that you have done a good thing to a deserving person and you will feel so happy. It's true that we are in hurry or sometimes pretend to be in hurry and excuse things. But once we do such acts, we will find the pleasure in it and continue doing such things at all occasions.

      Thanks for sharing such beautiful 'Sunday Sermon'. Voted up and awesome.

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

      Thank you friend. You are so right that some times we "pretend" to be in such a hurry. I think that I do that. I will have to pay attention and not do that anymore.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm having my Sunday sermon on Monday morning and it's timely. At the beginning of the week, "How we nourish ourselves is as important as how we nourish others" is a necessary reminder for me. Then, as you point out, "even our words become more loving.'" This will be my focus this week. Thanks for the push.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I always look forward to your Sunday Sermon Eric..it's funny but it is always the message I really need to hear at the time. Recently my wife arranged a surprise for me. She old me she had something special planned and that she thought I would be pleased. I had various scenarios going around in my mind but when it came time that I eventually found out what the surprise was I was a little disappointed. I tried to hide this but unsuccessfully and she was devastated because she had spent quite a lot of money and time arranging it. I should have employed a more loving perspective and appreciated the thought and effort she put in to doing something she thought would be special for me. Thank you for giving me a wake up call.

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

      Good morning Ms Dora, I hope you have a wonderful week in love. I often think of you brightening other peoples day by your presence. You do that for me quite regularly.

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

      Hi John, thank you for sharing that story with us. I find myself so full of anticipation about the way I want it, that sometimes I fail to see it is exactly what I need.

      As we relate our common experiences we grow more in appreciation of our loved ones. Thanks again.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub with wonderful message!

      Thankfully the World has more positive, compassionate, loving and helpful people than otherwise.

      Your Sunday Sermons are wonderful reads and should be followed by each one of us.

      Thanks for sharing, voted up!

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

      Thank you Chitrangada. I think you a right, if we look around we will see more of the good than the bad. And on that we should meditate and be thankful. Your uplifting comment is made in love and I feel it coming through. Have a wonderful day.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I was on the train today and this guy in front of me was reading a religious book and he turned around and asked me what "humility" meant. Well my first thought was " Oh great! Out of all the people on the train he had to sit next to me." I told him what it meant but then that started a long conversation until we approached his stop. I was so happy when he got off. I hate to admit it but I was in a sour mood and didn't want to be bothered. I wouldn't be surprised if the Lord directed him my way. I guess the person who needed the lesson in humility was me. Great hub.

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

      What a wonderful story to remind us. We really do not have a "right" to be sullen. Dana what is so heartening here is that you reflected with such insight. This reminds me that even I can overcome myself.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I think that the most difficult act of love is to be kind to those who we perceive to be "less than worthy" of that love. Perhaps they are not kind to us, or they do something that is bothersome, or they even have been downright hateful! You are spot on when you say that in order for us to give love, we have to fill ourselves with that which would uplift and edify. That way, when we do brush up against those who need some, we can let it rub off because it already surrounds us!

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

      Thank you Denise for that wonderful addition to this hub. Busting through our own outer walls is a very hard thing to do. And well worth the effort.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ''Treat those exactly the same as they treat you.'' Often works for those who really understands that point. I have noticed how people can be horrible toward others. They pretend to love one another or others,

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

      I am very lucky Devika, I have fashioned my life to where I can avoid those folks all together. But I know that when I do meet them, I have no choice but to love them the same as others.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      One great lesson from your story of the lady in the parking lot - love is not necessarily returned, and loving actions are often not even appreciated. That's when we find out if our motive really was love, or a round-about way of gratifying self.

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

      Thank you Ron, I think we often learn more about ourselves when we get a response we do not expect.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Amen to that. I confess that I could not answer your poll question because there was no middle ground. I would love to act in love all the time but in the hustle and bustle of daily life I find myself consumed with self-centered thoughts and sometimes I do the wrong thing. Just today I did a wrong thing, although not a big one, but it was not a loving act all the same. Also today for some reason I was meditating on that beautiful line from St. Francis's prayer that says "Make me an instrument of your peace." Being an instrument of peace is nothing less than treating everybody with love, even though they don't treat us with it back. Wonderful hub!

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

      Thank you. I think that if I made it through a day without that self centeredness creeping in I would just faint in surprise. For me it is a constant effort to keep on track, and well worth the effort.

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Your words are very much needed at a time when there seems to be some much negative in the world. We can see the love if we just look for it and encourage the love through our actions.

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

      Thank you much Marie, by your encouraging words you show the love and that is a great gift.

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      Gary Eby 2 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Yes it's all about the Love. Let's speak it, feel it, manifest it, and do our best daily to put love-in-action. Smiles...Gary

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

      Thanks Gary for dropping by and putting the right spirit of love in my step on this beautiful day.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your young son was right about how it makes us feel better to do good things out of love. Even if the other person, like that little old lady, doesn't accept the kindness with glee, when we do something out of love, we do feel better, regardless of how the other person responds.

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

      Thank you Marlene for taking the time to come by and visit. Certainly acting out of love is a win win for everybody, even if some do not recognize that fact.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Eric what a wonderfully sermon, I was going to comment on it last week, but love got in the way...:) LOL love the ending note, clever and bless you

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

      Thank you Frank, I hope you a long life with much love in the way.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Eric,

      I have been wondering why I haven't seen you around HP Town in a bit it seems and have missed these insightful and from the heart Sunday Sermons of yours. Now, I see that I missed this one for some unknown reason from four weeks ago! I am so happy I popped over here and saw this one.

      Yes, I have done this very thing, pondered about such things, then I had to get over pondering about it and do something about it.

      How precious was your son's remarks back to you ... out of the mouths of babes for sure! They sure know how to get us going in the right direction without a doubt.

      Your messages are full of love and life and written beautifully and from your heart full of love.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      God bless you and yours always

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for another great sermon. I am reminded of my favorite Bible verse: God is love.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      We have so many opportunities available to show kindness and love to others. What an important message you've delivered my friend. Your words are inspiring and moving.

      Thank you for a beautiful sermon. Voted up +++ and sharing.

      Audrey

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      OK. I have to read more of these. Keep writing them, whether it's Sunday or not.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Well my friend , I have reached a point where I really look forward to these sermons as many do . By the way - are you skipping Sundays ? LOL , no worries Eric . I'm keeping track !. And I really love that photo of you and your son on the bench looking at the sea !....:-}

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      I just found this hub (ironically on a Sunday) and really enjoyed it.

      One thing I've found is not everyone we see struggling will want help (some are pretty determined to be independent) but they all appreciate 'do you need a hand with that? '

      I ask anyone I see struggling on my bus and they just like that someone notices even if they say no!

      Great hub

      Lawrence

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      Thanks for the hub. interesting and informative perspective. thanks. Best of wishes.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I just dropped by to read this again Eric, guess I needed a refresher on the message here. Thanks.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Nice message my friend. whonu

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

      Faith my dear friend, for some reason during my travels to and around Southeast Asia my notifications do not get through. I will fix that today. So I am just getting to my responses to comments. It is just a natural fact that we learn more from children than we teach them. I for one am extremely happy to have such a great teacher.

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

      Mary, I can just sit for an hour and meditate on that one verse. It lifts me up and sets my feet on higher ground.

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

      Audrey, my son had done it again. Since we returned from travels, he has been getting up early with me --- that is not good as it is my time of meditation, prayer and devotionals -- But with that big smile to greet me instead of being upset with it and him, we embrace and say our "I love you's" ever reminding me to show that love even when it is not in the schedule.

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

      Kathleen, my schedule has gotten even more out of whack. Days of the week and even month lost meaning to me. But I am getting back to reality now. Thank you, very belatedly for the read and comment.

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

      Hi Ed I am getting back in the saddle after some hiatus. Thank you for your kind support -- now please write me a poem.

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

      Lawrence, I have been making a stronger attempt to lend that hand lately. I surely am glad you do it regularly. It sure makes this a better world.

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

      Torrilyn thank you for letting me know that you came by and read. It is a nice thing to get a note about one of my hubs, I appreciate it.

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

      John we sure are blessed to be able to take the time to contemplate such things. Just this morning I gave an extra prayer just giving thanks for time. And I truly believe that if we take the time we can be more loving. You coming by again lifts my spirits.

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

      Whonu, thank you much.

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