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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; “Border Crossing”

Updated on April 5, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Having To Leave

Leaving to keep them safe, is real darned hard.
Leaving to keep them safe, is real darned hard. | Source

No Trespassing

What border crossing. Who’s border crossing? Are there different borders that need to not be crossed? I was headed to a border crossing and got good and turned away. Thank goodness. I would have been stuck in Mexico for possibly months like my sister will be. Now that is a border crossing I am happy to have avoided. But let us look at our border crossing. Or denial thereof.

There was a stupid time in ’74, I did a border crossing into East Germany. Germany was like Mexico, you can get in but you can’t get out. (Please if you drink the Vodka and eat the sauerkraut do not go to bed for hours) However beer and bread will work fine.

It was just an ordinary night like so many. The man waited until his wife got home so their boy could be looked after. A moderate fever, alternating with cold sweats. Just a bit of the cough. Not a darn thing to be concerned with. Except!?

Others seem to matter. Bring it on dude, I will not be beaten by a flu. But by golly jingles someone else could be whooped hard and end up horizontal because of me. Seems that is irresponsible and just out of sight wrong. This is a border crossing I cannot make. Or maybe we should say because of ….I had to make the border crossing away.

So here I sit writing without a soul in a mile. A place nearly 30 miles from my birth but in the agrarian woods that I was really raised by. It is 28 degrees and my funny little hands are freezing and arthritic killing me. Ok they are quite big hands and the pain is from stuff getting broken in them from fighting and I never told my mom, so they are busted up because of no treatment. That is a border crossing. My bad I did not cross that border with mom.

Door mats and front doors are border crossings. Locked doors on your home are closed border crossings. When the Jehovah Witness knocks are you a closed border or invite them in for water and maybe a snack and then listen so they can cross the border with you? Do you set appointments?

On The Run

Somewhere Between GC Boders

Navajo land and Park land
Navajo land and Park land | Source

Borders, What Borders

Women need to set boundaries. They just do have to for safety and integrity. My previous love and current mother of some of my babies is not even fun about boundaries. She is hard core about lines that may not be crossed. Or maybe God works it that way to build the spines of folks.

I know this. I have been crushed from beat up by fists to falling off cliffs to bad jails to stage 4 cancer. My prison at the moment is acrophobia. Bring it on baby. I will jump tomorrow 3/20 something 2020. Thirty something feet – more like fifty – into the creek. I am already scared to death. My feet tingle. Ladies and gentlemen that is the good life. Face that danged border of fear. And then cross that border any way.

We simply are not allowed to hide. Us who read this are not designed to live happy without confronting our borders of fear. I say “us” who read this because I am a big sissy and I have to reread 6 times because I am afraid of crossing the peril of publishing.

Get this one. Five years of Sundays. Preaching to 150 folks. And some are family and the priest is judging. I did not need no stinking pulpit, paper or microphone, I was with my people. Can you imagine the fear of crossing that border of leading them astray? Whew I think I never did and then teaching the Sunday school. Oh the pressure to get them to believe and think on their own. Now that is a border crossing.

I got involved in border crossers who snuck across the US-Mexican border. It was not nasty, “for me”. My job was to help them. How cool is that? This was back when folks just needed a better life. Now I understand there are folks who cross that border and then cross the border into crime. Sorry for bad language but that sucks.

Through Nogales in about ’77 I crossed the border with Paco. Fully illegal but he was our parrot for over 15 years. Fine, smuggling booze and drugs is more exciting. But that kind of border crossing I will leave my lovely prior wife to chat about that. My bride and I only smuggled over 100k into Vietnam. Borders seem all kind of funny to me. May we look more at our borders? We need to address that in a loving way.

Crossing an Artistic Border

Photo of Border Crosser

I am mellow now.
I am mellow now. | Source

Borders Enforced On Me

Linda Lum recently walked me spiritually through some issues where someon crossed my borders. “No, no, no Eric stop it! Respond by loving those who might cross the line. Don’t you dare cross that line in return.” (to that effect) And the borders were opened by her advice. Wow!

Imagination

Do you have a border that needs to be crossed in order for you to just plain imagine? Sorry for my loved ones but the border for me goes the other way. I stared at stars already for an hour tonight. I got up before sunrise just to smell and feel the new day and then see the sunrise and hear the birds startup. I fished with no hook but just a rock. Sometimes you should just fish with no chance of catching a fish. It is so good and cool to let that border be crossed into a type of nothingness.

Oops I forgot this was a sermon. Now you can cross that border into love.

We put up defenses on our national borders. Like I lock my doors at night. I also have a Katana that can slice paper in midair. Whoa be to an intruder that crosses my border without permission. Isn’t that all weird. Fact is there are bad people.

Delivery

That is such a cool term. Crossing a border is delivering. Delivering is to move something from one place to someone. Mail. Amazon. War material.

Now let us step back; “how the stuff is delivered means a whole lot”. Love baby, love. So you can deliver love, but the manner in which you cross that border to another, is where the deal is at. The most important border crossing is love. And how we deliver it is critical to us and to others.

Mary Goddard, a very good friend told me “to shut up and listen.” Now that is part of delivering love.

Doesn’t it just seem apparent that borders are attitudes? And sometimes we have to curb and change those attitudes. I like the psycho babble concept of setting boundaries.

But communication is love. And the finest art of communication is listening and then listening more. I am totally lousy on this matter. I have to really try. I will attack your border and boundary with zest. I drive folks away as I raise my voice and prove my points. Hooray for me?

I have no boundaries. Just by my life there are no boundaries.

Now I have boundaries due to a virus. I do not like them one little bit. I am a hugger. Six feet away kills that. Closing the border crossing is killing me. But I lie a little bit there as I am quarantined/sheltered in place in one of the prettiest places in the world. Right above Sedona Arizona. With miles to spend days exploring without a soul to greet.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Mel. This article made me dig into me. A danged scary notion. I certainly have border issues.

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      Mel Carriere 

      16 months ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      Have I ever been deported by the Border Patrol, no. But have I engaged in self deportation, by being afraid to cross borders I really need to cross? Daily.

      Your sermon makes me do some soul searching. Blessings to you over there, or wherever you are.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hi Dora, I really like your comment. The most critical borders are created by our attitude.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Tim, it certainly is. And so safe for isolation. We are still in the mode of vacation. A little tense but we know it and deal with it.

      I am glad you are well.

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      Dora Weithers 

      16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Even in quarantine, there's the blessing of being confined in one of the prettiest places in the world. You may not even bother to think about borders there, but they do exist. It is our attitude that dictates our responses to them.

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      Tim Truzy 

      16 months ago from U.S.A.

      Wonderful work. Arizona is a great place to be stuck in. Please, remain safe and even if you don't see me for a while, know I am always keeping you and your loved ones in prayer. God bless you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Nell, thank you. There will be more on that special place soon.

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      Nell Rose 

      16 months ago from England

      Sounds like an amazing place to be quarantined! I am lucky too. I have an allotment next door, and I have an alleyway, and lots of grass. Please keep safe.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Devika it is good to be back. Thank you for that very fine compliment.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mitara thank you for commenting. I had to isolate so I went to paradise to me. More on that today.

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      Devika Primić 

      16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Eric so good to see back again doing what you o best sharing your experiences an what you think of the world. Hope you well and keeping safe.

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      Mitara N 

      16 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Eric, where have you been lost?

      Yes, the red tapes to crossing the boarder are much more confining, but hang in there. Especially as a hugger ;)

      Take care and be safe

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby it is said that adversity makes us stronger. I do not like the idea that it is used to create human to human borders. I do not like 6ft.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill I am working on a piece about fear. It seems that is a border we cross with too much ease.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I really never about crossing borders. I always felt free to go where I wanted. Yes, I have crossed some borders that I wish I hadn't, but that's another story. I like the way you have done your share of crossing borders for the good. Keep it up my friend.

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      William Kovacic 

      16 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      A lot of borders out there, Buddy. It's hard to choose which ones to cross sometimes. I have to admit, I never really thought about this before. So thanks for bringing It o light.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Kyler I hope to get to read your article about that park in Vista, I think I have been there. But I suffer from CRS.

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      manatita44 

      16 months ago from london

      Yes, Bro. Frailty runs in 'beings' period! Don't forget the lonely and alone... our mineral, vegetable and animal friends, but it's heaven's way. No shame in this. Peace Bro.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      16 months ago from California

      Eric, I thought you died! Good to see you back and doing your writings. Crazy times we are living in, but we'll push through! Keep safe and strong!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      John this makes me laugh. I used to brag that I hit that guy's hand so hard with my face, it broke some fingers". --- Wait a second that was in Melbourne.

      Small world.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Manatita. My Oncology appointment was cancelled because it is deemed non-essential. That should tell you I am doing fine.

      Your package deal is the same as us. But we also get food delivered. Grocery stores are no place to hang out.

      But I still question the wisdom of that. (but Gabe eats like a hungry horse - so what are you going to do.

      I think that frailty runs both ways in relationships and we should be mindful.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela it is strange but my GP says the vaccines don't always prevent but they make the flu short(er)

      Getting back is great but because of the 400 mile trip we are keeping me in my space - just in case I touched something.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda. You were a pleasure to talk to. And I did have to walk out into the meadow to chat. Sometimes the wind changes things. And you helped me change my attitude.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill that is so normal for where I stayed. Especially when I was out hiking. To talk we have to walk out into a special place in the meadow.

      Thanks - I just needed to do that 14 day deal alone. But I felt great after one day of "ordinary flu".

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Wow thank you Umesh. When I got turned around at the border recently this came to mind.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Well Eric, I can’t imagine too many borders being able to contain you. I guess if anyone was going to contract this virus and kick it’s butt it would be you though. My wife’s 99 year old grandmother fell over and broke her hip going to play bingo. Someone asked how it happened and she replied, “I thought I’d see what it was like. I’d never broken a hip before.”

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      manatita44 

      16 months ago from london

      Bro, you had me worried at the beginning. Whew! Not that border yet, not yet ... keep smiling and laughing.

      My little 'sis' at 55 yrs old, is still working and entertaining, and she's been hit hard and suffering too. MD Anderson comes up trumps from time to time.

      Well presented stuff, Bro. The postman has created a border between us. I hear the letter drop through the door, or a parcel drop perhaps. I go downstairs and open the door. There's a man with his full regalia of mask and gloves, standing at least six feet away and the parcel on the doorstep.

      I have one final border to cross. I take the parcel up and put the wrappings straight into the bin then apply my gel sanitizer or wash my hands. Strange times!

      Great advice from Linda. No big deal though. We are all frail inwardly and in quest of Love. We will all have uncomely experiences. Like I say in my poetry, pick yourself up like Maya Angelou and carry on. Failure is only when you stay down. Be the last man standing. Ha ha.

      P.S Missed you! Trust you are better now.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      16 months ago from Sunny Florida

      It is nice to have a Sunday sermon today. I missed you. In your younger years it sounds like you played rough and are now sffering due to those choses. My husband says the same thing.

      I am a hugger too. We can't do that right now but this too shall pass. I hope you stay safe and get healthier. God bless you, Eric.

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      Linda Lum 

      16 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I'm so happy to see you back here. I'm glad I was able to help you, but honestly don't know what I said. I was just being me. My love to you. Stay well, stay safe.

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      Bill Holland 

      16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Long time no hear,buddy!

      I tried to call you a couple weeks ago and I was told your number was not in service...several times. Not sure what to do about that, but hope springs eternal.

      love and blessings

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      16 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Eric, you have covered 'border crossing' well. Dealt deeply. I am your fan. God bless you.

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