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Eric's Sunday Sermon: Back Off and Get Out of the Way

Updated on November 5, 2018

Meaner Than A Junkyard Dog

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Sorry We Made a Whistle Out of a Walnut Shell

This week the Sunday sermon is marred. On absolutely no cause of yours I am cantankerous. They called me criticon in the heart of Mexico for a while, because I was so critical about every thing. Well how about you read this sermon and get out of my way.

Yesterday I put a door against two stools and took my chipper and slammed that door so hard I busted most every foot of it. Sure I admit I woke up at 3:00 this morning. An adjustment to day light saving issues – but that is a lie.

Yesterday I back off and payed my 8 year old one stone cold nickel for every time he ran at me and tried to knock me down. The little SOB took my car keys and hid them. What a punk.

I, right now have about 30 stitches in my body, I am not a happy camper as they say. And I decided that what the hell? Life sucks right now so let us add to it. My punk kid is my Sargent at arms. I chase him around the back yard and down the street as much as my stitches allow.

My very special big Brian Dierker brother who is famous told me to shut up and drink water and walk. My wife is absolutely no help. I walk the streets alone. I hate you. I wish someone would strangle me to death.

By now you know that something so incongruent with my love of life is trying to kick me arse in a nasty ugly way. What to hell two bouts with cancer and a couple of nasty fights with things that I did break up. Landing on a rock in a ten meter dive hurts like hell. But bring that on.

I am five days clean of cigarettes. I basically hate the stove and the floor.

Now my wonderful friends let us reconnoiter how a good sermon goes. We start out just enough to knock us off our perfect perch of life so we become open to newness. Please notice that we do this deal together. I figure you read this stuff and preach to yourself. Right? I got nothing if we are not doing this sermon together. Check it out I preached for nearly a decade. I cannot remember ever standing behind a pulpit or using a microphone.

So what the heck kind of sermon is this?

We Just Plain Outright Lean On Each Other

I Love You Grandpa and Grandma

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I Get Up And So Do You!

I just love life. And I am trying very hard to hate you. I do reckon that a man in my position post surgery trying to kick the most addictive drug in the world has got a hankering to hate you. A craving hits me and even a smell in the air sets me off.

And that is just the best. Do something wrong and repent and change course which is what repent means. This my friends is the highest of all highs. Let the wild fire of life rip through my comfy zone. I will trust in love and kick some booty!

My eight year old just woke up and I told him and changed the clock with him. What the heck an extra hour in “fall back”. And the boy pointed out that it was light outside. He is already back hugging his pillow in some dream land.

OK I am reconfiguring my small pea brain. I just got back into the office from doing a jiggy dance outside. Why do hard challenges make me basically happy? I am thinking reliance of God. My God is a Trinity deal, do your own thing, I got no call to call you out. My situation is my own.

Now the federal government decided that my cancers are due to a “down winder” deal and nothing at all due smoking. Really? Well in fact I grew up in an area where nuclear fallout from White Sands atomic bombs were tested. Isn’t that a trip? Man plans and God laughs. I would not change a danged thing. Such is life.

So we are back to my roses. What the heck you say. Love has not changed even though my insides have changed. Life does not change because you changed. And that is so cool. Everything about love is an inside deal. And if you let your insides go wonkers then the whole world of your perception goes wonkers. We like to think about life being all a matter of our own inside deal when in fact it is not. I need love to exist. I need God’s love and your love. That comes from outside just like anger does.

Do most folk understand what osmosis is? My permeable mass of body is a case of osmosis. Fluidity just comes in and goes out as though there is no boundary between inside and outside. I know and I know that all the fancy pansy books in the last 50 years tell us that we have to have a perspective true to our inside, like being in the moment. Sorry dudes and dudettes but that is only a beginner’s notion.

Just a Silly Climb I Made

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Full On Celebration of Life

I Do Not Understand

Check it out. My last craving only lasted about one minute. I really “need” that smoking deal. But my 8 year old just got me all sidetracked. We are working on stuff with batteries and positives and negatives. Wow what a metaphor for life, which is not lost on us. My battery recharger is broke, so why and that is another whole matter. Who cares? Well it just goes to show that the outside of me was effective in a very positive way by my son’s outside influence. Remember above I called him my Sargent of arms.

So back we come to love. That boy loves me enough to be tough on me. Isn’t a dad supposed to be the tough love guy? Nothing could be farther than the truth. The only tough love there is is asked for. Otherwise it is just our ego spitting out contempt. If you need that on either side you simply do not get love.

I am feeling really great right now. I am overcoming a thorn in my side. God will let me know if I need that thorn to keep me grateful and humble, lest I become conceited and self reliant. I even need love from critters like dogs. Hey I think that makes me codependent. I confess I am codependent on love which I believe is God. I need outside love. A butterfly landed on my son’s shoulder yesterday. Now let me make sure that you understand that is God’s love.

I just sit outside on my stool and become a pundit for me. I love to charge on and compete with the devil. I am queer like that. If you sink a putt at twenty feet then take a mulligan and try it from thirty feet. If you wrote the perfect poem, back up and write it better.

I reckon we get this point kind of mulling around in our head together.

And I just have to say we are not doing well around here. We are doing super duper in love. We cotton no resistance and we take no prisoners. We just plain love and give it away.

Now it is my Sunday and I have got to go to church. And today I will make that church a smile and a hug to others, bring it on buddy!

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora you are adoring. They demanded I hit that ER room yesterday. Really? I think they got me mixed up with Josie down the street. I puts the fellers in ER. I do not go there.

      We have. My wife and I will compete on salsa and Pho' tonight.

      Oh Missy Dora we are just so happy around here. I need a strong drink of vinegar..

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you love life and life loves you. Why else would it show so many of its different sides to you? And no matter what side you experience--joy, sorrow, pain, addiction and all the rest, you get on top of it, manage it, and teach a lesson on it to the rest of us. I admire you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John my friend if you have a medical doctor friend give her a ring and ask her the funniest side effect of smoking cessation. Let us just say we cannot speak of it here as....

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, we all have times when life seems to just be ornery and a pain in the ass, but it always gets better. Giving up smoking is one big deal that can't be taken lightly, but I am sure you will conquer that too. The best thing is that you can use all this to still write a sermon that teaches the rest of us valuable lessons. Peace and love and all the rest.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really like that Elijah. I am just a kid at heart. And you are far more wiser than I.

      I think I will head on over to a back country hike today. These 30 stitches are so annoying I figure I will just go bust one or two.

      "Never be meaner than I but always be leaner"

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 months ago from Washington DC

      You are correct that "If this then that", Eric, but the "that" unspecified has 359 degrees on either side of "if". In claiming to be a philosopher you should, another "If this then that" but now specified, know that "if" only covers one degree of the circle every whole is.

      Let's be peace, my brother.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana my elder son speaks to me quite frankly. He thinks I should take life more seriously. What the heck? I actually raised 7 children. Maybe I think life is a playground and battlefield all to the good.Somehow my life is filled with you type peoples.

      My younger son says that I am the positive end of the battery. Twists and turns i figure.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill my besty honorary uncle who was a WWII ace. The only one ever in a B-52. 50 gall darned missions right over Germany into Berlin and more. My ,mom and "auntie" Gail were best nurse friends during the war, Dad and Bill became best friends. Any how his name was Bill and we used to laugh that he was on top of the billing. I hope you and Billbuc get that.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      No my friend Elijah absolutely "If this then that" is not a choice but a condemnation of the wrong choice. Free will does not mean that decisions do not have consequences. However the big "but" or Butt as my son talks, means there is no judgment.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Eric,

      You are always so full of love I sometimes forget that there are times you're not feeling well. I admire you so, no matter what you're going through you always try to keep it positive and, that takes great strength.

      God, bless...

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      William Kovacic 

      3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "Fluidity just comes in and goes out as though there is no boundary between inside and outside." That's a heavy thought. So, we're back to love! Good. You had me worried for a minute.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 months ago from Washington DC

      Come on, Eric, doesn't the word "if" suggest you have the choice?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I am not commenting on each one but I am looking at your hubs as I must direct my notions to happy food. Thank you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah are you pleased telling us what to think rather than I who asks us what to think about. You seem to be stuck in a place that does not ask question but rather provides answers. I just could not and cannot do such a thing even when my son sat wild eyed and listened to me preach in front of hundreds.

      You must be wiser than I to conclude rather than ask.

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I'm glad that you're here and sharing with us. Sometimes life doesn't make sense, it seems unfair and unjust and why why why? You are allowed to channel Howard Beale anytime you want. We'll listen. You are loved.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, to your reply to Patricia's "I sometimes go out there and try to think if heaven could be better than earth. Could there be more love?" I say:If you seek to find it within yourself, where Jesus say it is found, you can tell us, as I am attempting to do.

      Peace,

      Elijah NatureBoy

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I wonder about players on the sidelines and not in the game. I never got that.You have to play ball. Challenges make me happy. God must have a baseball field up there.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive this is the best sound version but you just had to see it live in NY. I don't do nothing nice and easy. How fun struggles are.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela my good friend I like your comment. And I kind of go that way. I have three sections. The first is entangled with angst. The next is bogged down in intellectual stuff. Then I get to be me at the end. Many folks think I am all mental. Nope, I have to work at that.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia, your comment has had me contemplating. It really is very deep in so few words. Today I will try to stay a step ahead of my big day on the road to heaven. I sometimes go out there and try to think if heaven could be better than earth. Could there be more love?

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Loannis you are so right. I am getting a bit concerned with someone who is not open to receive the good stuff right now. We just have to keep it flowing for when the time is right.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry to all for taking a bit to get back to you. My only excuse is that we were having too much fun.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ain't no doubt in my mind that you will win this battle, no matter how it turns out. Peace and love, my friend.

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      Clive Williams 

      3 months ago from Jamaica

      Peace and love sir Eric. Take things calm, one day at a time and laugh with the moon.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      It seemed you didn't feel too wwll at the beginning of the article but dramatically improved. i know quiting smoking is touch, and I like your reference to osmosis. Perhaps that is your answer.Trust God and put one foot in front of the other! That works for me.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Osmosis is the way Love goes from them who have a lot to them they need it. I hug you, brother and I let osmosis to do the work!

      Stay Eric!

      Sean

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita you are going to love a hub on the largest navigable rapid in the world.It is called Lava Falls on the mighty Colorado in the Grand Canyon. Think Kayak, and swimming it for fun.Where I grew up. How I lived was a 6 mile run before sunrise or be a sissy pants.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Yes, pretty bad. I was scared in Africa. Thank God it was gastro-enteritis, no less suffering though. probably more. Try and row in the boat sometimes. Do not give the helmsman called Love all the work. Peace.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 months ago from Washington DC

      There you go gibbering, Eric, attempting to hold the nuts and bolts of your life together.

      What I did the night I decided to stop smoking was say while putting out my last cigarette, Camels short, at half-mass, "Father take the taste of cigarettes out of my mouth" and have never had a craving since that third Sunday night of 1974. What I believe in is in my poem "It Lies Within."

      I have stopped my travels to pass this message on

      and as soon as I'm through I shall be gone,

      but it's my love for you and hate for your sadness

      which causes me to work and bring some gladness

      to you with that frame of mind I want to die.

      I know that feeling too, for there was a time when I

      sought to end it all by passing into death,

      but a whisper came from within before I took my breath.

      What was said has since escaped my mind

      though what brought me joy I did later find.

      One sage said he is the way, and for me that's true,

      that's why wherever you see me, I'm only passing through.

      But everywhere I go I see sadness on your face

      and realize it's because you haven't found your place.

      You can't find it in a crowd, nor in what is taught in school,

      no other man can tell you for what they say, as a rule,

      will only add to your sadness, for the answer lies within.

      How do I reach my root-center you ask me

      after seeing me joyous and content as can be,

      but the answer to that question was shown to you long before

      though in your attempt to please others you actually closed that door.

      You didn't do it alone is another thing I know

      but others wouldn't leave you alone for your center to show

      you what to do, but kept you cuddled so tight

      with do this and do that that you couldn't see your center's light.

      Then later when your center came, others called it fantasy

      thinking what they were doing is the way things ought to be.

      Now to get you on the path to hear what your center say

      is to bring again those fantasies you let go yesterday,

      explore them to their depth, in them are the clues

      to bring again your joy and dissipate your blues.

      If you ask me, maybe I can give aid,

      from your life I may remove some shade

      to assist your reaching the joy you get from your center within.

      Well done, another message on love and I just added to it for you to love yourself.

      Elijah NatureBoy

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nithya I was working as a bodyguard in parts of Southern Europe. My charge was a horribly rich young man. We got in some messes. And yes I just relied on God. Love will in fact keep us well if we surrender yet trudge on.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita do not tell children this -- you have to - promise!

      I was born at 7,100 hundred feet. I spent about ten years exercising and working out at between 9K and 10K feet.Yes about since 7 years old.

      I get CT Scans twice a year and blood workups about 5 times a year. Now you must admit that is all cray cray.

      But I do not have a single health issue. Lungs and heart perfect. Blood pressure and cell counts perfect.

      And yes I smoked up until last Tuesday.

      Isn't that ridiculous? I can dive down and hold my breath for over 3 minutes. Illness is another hub. Have you ever even seen a case of Malaria?

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia, let us keep on keeping on. They gave me a fiver about five ago. What a bunch of fancy dancers. We grab on yet do not hold to tightly. I just came in from skipping. Hummingbirds, sunshine and skipping -- well there ain't nobody got it better.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 months ago from Dubai

      Your little one’s love for you will keep you happy and life will be great. God will keep you safe.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Another beautiful piece. It read at one point as if you were having a go at yourself … at us … at God … ha ha. But you became more sober as you progressed through this downer and up again. Do you smoke? I mean, with cancer? Well, I'm no judge. Good you have got Bobby at the end to cheer us up. (Chuckle) have a great Sunday, Bro. Much Love.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 months ago from sunny Florida

      This is just perfect for me to read today. Because you see I think I share many of your sentiments today. The day did not begin that way but...read on...my daughter was telling me of a phone conversation she had with Social Security. Before the call ended, he said " When is your expiration date?" My daughtet said "Excuse me?" He said " it says you are terminal so when is your expiration date?" And she laughed and replied" well the doctor told me I have 6 months and that wasc4 months ago.. So I guess I have 2 more!" ( She has been told this many times over the last 18 years so she soldiers on!) So anyway...my day has been cattywampus...too. And this Love thing...it keeps us going. Well said, Eric.Many prayers to you and your sgt.!!! Angels in abundance on the way.ps

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Author's note. I went back to edit and some rewrite. I was fixing this sermon. I do predicates and adverbs and nouns and adjectives and antecedents and pronouns and verbs all backwards and cattywonkers (that is not a word except to me)

      And I did not change it. We look at life in too much conformity -- I just can't deal with it. My son and I will play basketball backwards today. Everything in reverse. Can you be dyslectic in life?

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