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Eric's Sunday Sermon; A Reason for the Seasons

Updated on May 12, 2015

Just a picture of my uncle's dairy operation.

I suppose we could just be like cows and blindly follow the routine no matter how we are feeling.
I suppose we could just be like cows and blindly follow the routine no matter how we are feeling.

There is a time of quiet.

Sometimes things just do not click. There is an absence of raw feelings. We are just blasé about certain things. There is no juice. We suppose that if this extends to all areas of life we would call it depression. But what we speak of here is when the “lack of umph” applies to a generally specific area of one’s life. Of course this is a Sunday sermon so we apply it to the spiritual. What does this malady of lack of interest mean? Is it caused or is it just serendipity? Should we fight it or just go with the flow and ride it out?

It is a blessing to speak of such things for it is not a calamity or horror. It is not an end of our world type of problem. It is a not a dangerous predicament or a life changer. Our solid base is intact. Our health is normal, whatever that may mean. Our necessities are met and our security is not in jeopardy. We have much to be thankful for and should take the time to concretely recognize that reality. And indeed most of us do give thanks and appreciate all that we do have.

So we speak here of the joy of living in the moment with a connection to our spiritualness. Certainly as sentient enlightened human beings we should find joy and happiness when we commune with our God. But from time to time and day to day we may find that spark missing. We wonder why. Let us first recognize that this does not make us bad in anyway, merely subject to our human condition for this is normal.

For some funky reason this has always been a strange favorite of mine. It kind of fits here.

Cherish happiness but do not worship it.

An interesting concept that we can see from a marriage break up. The couple had been married for ten years. Children were involved and healthy and good. A home was provided for them. There was no infidelity or major breaches of the marriage covenant. Upon trouble, counseling was sought. But after much effort the wife wanted a divorce. The bottom line reason was that she was not happy. She just was no longer happy. The interesting part is that as she put it; “she was no longer happy in the marriage”. Of course we all know the immediate outcome was a divorce. And what most intelligent experienced people would guess was true, the wife was not happy in divorce either. The happiness which she sought was not “in the marriage” but in life. And so it seems that our connection with our God sometimes does not make us happy. Is that reason to divorce ourselves from God? Of course not. This spark known as happiness, contentedness and joy is an inside thing. It does not come from external sources, it comes from within.

Your writer here once had an episode when life was in full swing. Job and money were great. A new child was brought into the world. A marriage was flourishing. A home was rock solid and extra activities were fruitful and healthy. However I reached a funk. There was no joy for months. Daily events were just ho hum and humdrum. It was in this funk that the realization was found that the things of this world do not create a happiness at all, not even the people or events could create a happiness within.

These pigs sure seemed happy to see me.

My other uncle's farm. Funny how animals often act happy to see you. It really is just about getting all excited about being fed.
My other uncle's farm. Funny how animals often act happy to see you. It really is just about getting all excited about being fed. | Source

We often need another to feel we have anything at all.

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Can you be alright without feeling all bright?

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A time of quiet.

There is a very good news side of this phenomenon although it is hard to see at a time of flatness. It is in the loss of the feeling that we learn to appreciate it. Each episode of the nothingness can lead to a deeper appreciation of the aliveness of the feelings.

If one is so inclined you can wake up before the sunrise. During the dark time just before sunrise there is an activity of wrapping up the night. Small animals scurry to their respective homes after a night of activity, there often seems to be a night breeze rustling trees and such. Then before sunrise, but during the dawn and coming of light, there is a stillness born of the arrival of a new day. Even the breeze seems to lay quiet for a time. This is a time of calmness. It is the natural order of things. It is a perfect time for quiet contemplation and for stilling one’s mind. And there it is. We also as human beings need this natural order of stillness. The lack of activity in our psychic. A time of thought rather than activity and feelings. A time to recharge. Oh sure this is a time we at first find aggravation with. We crave the feelings and happenings within our spirit and being. We are human and crave the feel good sensations of life. We are reminded of the fellow who begins a journey into meditation. The first and hardest thing he must do is to sit still. Oh my, this is so hard for so many people. Just to sit still and close your eyes and just breathe in and out for five minutes without thinking of all there is to do. To remain quiet and not feel, struggle or do is a very hard thing to do.

And so if we feel a flatness and lack of zeal, this is a season in our lives. Perhaps a short one or perhaps a long one. There is nothing wrong. It is natural. Yet we humans find it a lacking, when in fact it is an opportunity.

Can it be that all things at all times are not to be vibrant and productive? We need look no further than plant life or animal life around us. They experience seasons. And in all the world, even in places where there is no overwhelming evidence of seasons like Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter the natural world experiences up times and down times. There is a time to flower and bear fruit and there is a time to not grow at all and seemingly not change. There is even a time to loose growth and go dormant. Oh the outside leaves may stay green and alive but there is a time when only the very inside of the plant remains active.

Just a country lane that I love.

This little lane along this canal is one of my favorite spots. It is only about 7,000 miles from my home.
This little lane along this canal is one of my favorite spots. It is only about 7,000 miles from my home. | Source

So we are human. And we are a part of the wonderful natural world. And we should stay in gratefulness and awe of this condition. But we do not. We put ourselves in such a mindset that we feel the need to always produce and feel a net loss when we are not productive. When there is a lack of pizazz we see a problem. We do not like a season of no great feelings. We feel a constant need to achieve happiness. If we are not all sunshine and bright with life we do not like that feeling. We are programmed to believe that the only good feeling is a pleasure feeling. Do we cut down the tree that has lost all of its’ green and outside signs of life? No we recognize that it is winter and the tree has a natural cycle and we give it the season to lay apparently dormant. Why cannot we be so kind to ourselves and accept and appreciate when we have a need for dormancy?

A great creator somehow and in some way made this fantastic world and indeed universe. All things were made to be. Certainly within this great thing we call life there are cycles. We are part of life and must assuredly experience cycles. So now when we go to a place and seek to commune with this great creator and find ourselves flat and uninspired what should we think? Should we get down on ourselves or think that something is wrong with us? Who are we to criticize the cycles of life? If our creator made us this way don’t you think that that is how we are supposed to be and are loved just the same as when we find great joy. We should in our quietness be thankful for the chance to catch our breath and not be bounced around by feelings. We should embrace this time of stillness of the heart. For every season there is a reason. We could say to be joyous in the lack of joy, but now that is not the point is it? It is in acceptance that we find a peace. An acceptance that we are human and made in a very special way that allows for experiencing all seasons.

Some notes

This Sunday sermon is not meant as something dealing with a clinical depression. That is another matter altogether and we should seek guidance if we find ourselves with such a malady, it is serious business.

I know this is not Sunday. I have been travelling quite a bit across some date lines and have found lately that the day of the week means very little to me. I am back home now and I hope to have that situation rectified shortly. Thank you for your patience.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You had me checking the calendar to see what day it is. :) Great post today, my friend. I am not a bubbly person by nature. I am not eternally high on life, and I'm perfectly okay with that. The majority of the time I love life and thrill in it, but there are days when I just don't want to get out of bed in the morning. :)

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      WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      God has his arm around all our shoulders, and it has been my experience that unhappiness comes from shrugging off that big, protective arm, and going my own way.

      What we really want is the peace that God can grant us, and that comes from turning everything over to God, and letting Him guide us.

      I really like this Hub, Eric. It holds great meaning for me.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Howdy Bill and thanks for dropping in and leaving a note. My grandpa told me once, and he was an early riser, that; "If you do not want to get out of bed from time to time it is time to get a new bed". Whatever day this is, have a great week.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      WillStarr it is good of you to come by and uplift me. While I seem to continuously try to take back the reins, it is nice to know that I am only riding shotgun on this great stagecoach of life. I hope my great home state of Arizona is treating you well.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Good to read another great hub from you! This again is full of deep thoughts and meanings and I enjoyed going through.

      I loved these lines from you, ''-- that our connection with our God sometimes does not make us happy. Is that reason to divorce ourselves from God? Of course not. This spark known as happiness, contentedness and joy is an inside thing. It does not come from external sources, it comes from within.''

      Perhaps I needed this today and your hub came at the right time.

      Thanks!

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Greetings Chitrangada Sharan. It is good to hear from you. I hope all is well with you. It is very nice of you to leave such encouraging words.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great sermon Eric and one I needed. You are so right that we can't expect to be full of joy all the time but need to take the time just to be at peace with the world around us. This was very encouraging. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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      Denise W Anderson 23 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I love that comment, "It is in acceptance that we find a peace." I needed this today! I have been feeling this way and have been trying to figure out what is amiss. I have been looking back through my life and seeing that I have often felt this way when I have not been in the midst of some type of change. Here, I have been in my current employment for nearly four years, and am feeling that "blah" sensation that says I need to look for something exciting to do. The thing is, it is my current employment that has give me the chance to write. Thanks for helping me be content to just "be," and not look for something different!

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very important message is here. We should accept everything as it is and enjoy in it instead of complaining or feeling worried and depressed. Then only can we feel comfort and happiness.

      Thanks for this great sermon. Voted up and awesome.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi John and thank you for visiting. As is my want, I seem to write these to remind myself of things I forget. I sure am glad you do not have many down days as I sure appreciate your great writing.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise it is wonderful to hear from you. I just caught myself, when reading your comment, making a small prayer of thanks that you have your job so that you have the time to write as your writing contribution here is a blessing. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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      Demas W Jasper 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Welcome back. Gardening season and we'll reap only what we sow.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a wonderful comment and truth Demas thank you

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello Venkatachari, Thank you for contributing to this hub is such a positive fashion. We truly must accept things and find the good in all.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 23 months ago from The Caribbean

      Welcome back, Eric and keep the sermons coming. I can recall being in a funk and seeking connectedness with God as my way out; the funk served its purpose. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Great thoughts Eric and I so agree we cannot expect life to be all about our happiness or we will be let down PDQ. The bad or down days make the good ones so much better don't they and we turn out to be much better human and humane when we take what we get and make the most of it!

      Love your usual food for thought!

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      Chris Mills 23 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I suppose we make some big external decisions based on internal issues.

      Thanks for the mental/spiritual adjustment. Have a great weekend.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is good to be back Dora, from my perspective your example shows us the true beauty of the seasons of our life. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jackie, there is so little that we are in control of in this big old world, it is good when we take control of our perspective and make the most of it. It sure is nice to hear from you.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris, I suppose that is the way it has always been and will always be. So for the sake of our brothers and sisters we better keep that internal healthy. Thank you for coming by and letting me know it.

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Eric,

      I am glad your Sunday Sermon is not on Sunday but most likely meant for whatever day you wrote it. This one is truly, truly beyond beautiful, and you brought tears in the section called "A Time of Quiet".

      So true, it is human nature for us to base so much of our happiness in those people in our lives, when in fact, as I have discovered, there is only One who can satisfy and fill that empty hole. I am so glad you mentioned about peace, for when they discovered I had breast cancer, it was a time in my life that I had so much going on, it made my head spin. However, I can't explain it, but a peace fell down upon me, His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, and I went through that season and allowed it to be what it was, and it was actually, ironically, a time I needed. Strange, I know.

      God bless you always, peace and love to you and yours

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith, it is interesting that you mention your time with cancer. That peace, His peace found me with stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Instead of a fear I found a miraculous peace. In the six month season of treatment there was a peace beyond my understanding. Thank you for sharing that with us, as it is a good space for me to revisit.

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Eric,

      I meant to inquire about the part of the unhappy wife, and I pray this is not something happening in your life now?

      Thank you for sharing about your time of peace through your time with cancer too.

      God bless you and yours

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith I am happy to report it is not happening in my life today. The wife I spoke of finally "saw the light" and leads a wonderful fulfilling life now cherishing each day and totally immersed in the happiness of her adult children. The Lord works wonders.

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Praise Him!

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Great hub and just the encouragement we sometimes need

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks a lot Lawrence it is very good of you to give that encouragement right back. It makes my day.

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