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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Cancer Is A Wake Up Call!

Updated on October 24, 2015

He was so cute. Now he asks me just what to make of Genisis and why Chess is so hard. We live we overcome and we love and life is good.

If we grow with the widow, the prisoner, the lame and with children - we can grow, if not we wilt like my favorite rose bloom.
If we grow with the widow, the prisoner, the lame and with children - we can grow, if not we wilt like my favorite rose bloom. | Source

The "Ya Buts'" will drag you down.

You really need to start doing what you need to do to be the best you for you that you can be. However every time you start you get a case of the "ya buts". Ya but I ain't a got no money. Ya but I ain't a got the time. And my favorite Ya but I am not good enough.

I have been to the preacher man, the pyschobabblers and the self help gurus and there ain't no cure for the blues baby. There is a name for it, they call it depression and drugs, counseling and diet just can't cure it. By God they should not cure it! What a wicked thing to say, you say. Well hear this beat up, dried up and riled up preacherman, and hear me well.

God our creator made us with what we call faults and defects and character flaws. That is how man labels it and therefor creates a reality. That is only a reality if you allow it to be. My reality and I invite you to join me in this dimension, is that we are made perfect for our purpose. And that purpose changes in different stages of our lives. That means that obstacles are there for a reason to help us reach our purpose. Health is sometimes an obstacle. Or we could ask if it really is an obstacle when health is less than optimum. Or is it a gateway to love. Perhaps when we just hang out or run the obstacle course of life we miss out on love and "prayer". Love is God and God is good and marvelous and love. Ominipotent, omnipresent love. I do not know you but I know love and so I know the love in you. I am connected in you and with you and for you and a part of you. And by golly jingles you a part of me.

So my diagnosis came through with lymphoma. My buddy was a little bummed. He did what he likes to do as a good New Jersey boy. He drank. And it dropped down his hard won defenses and tough exterior and he went all Facebook. And he posted my pain. And he got 1---- hits and prayers for me. Dang those folk don't even know my name but the prayers rolled in. The love was shown and communicated and made manifest in words and uplifting comments. All I did was get a "disease". And then I got all that love. I am embarrassed. But i am made better and damned well better act like it. I swore another oath.

Call me a mutant and deviant. I find that this performance in front of non-believers turns me on to a high. So I am a freak. I hope you can still love me

I hate to see my innerself caged. But by swat of the fly swatter I don't want it let lose.

I am an animal and I will not deny that fact. Am I without you? I think I will stay connected.
I am an animal and I will not deny that fact. Am I without you? I think I will stay connected. | Source

So the doc says I am dying.

How fun is that. I get to die. Do you want to live for ever? We love you all. How fun is that? I got this thing called a soul. Hi there meet my soul. I get to live forever. One time I supposedly died, well a few times my sisters, they dropped some paddles on me and pounded me with life called energy. One time I stopped "living" and a buddy of mine named McMahon dropped a heated up stone from the fire we had been stoking on my chest. Bruised 5 ribs and started my heart again in a Native American land called Moenkopi. Life in this body is cheap,

I know pain. I reckon I love pain because it tells me I am alive. I got one cut in me by my heart that is by a knife you know, a doctors knife, I won that fight. I won because I am alive and i write this. Life is good. All of life is good. I remember they were cutting on me and I woke up from the anesthesia. Somebody did not read my chart. Man O mano, it takes a double wallop of any drug to keep me out. You get the history, you take one shot of booze and get tipsy, I take ten and can still beat you at chess.

So the point of that rambling is that death is something that I really can take or leave. What makes Eric Eric cannot die. You think that if what makes this body is dirt that Eric is dirt? Not hardly. I am a part of God. God don't die. My part of God is already in you. Most assuredly it is in my children and my pards. I don't get the cop out of dying. Sorry my footprint is in other souls and will not go away.

Dang it I don't get to go bye bye.

So let me talk about my kids and wives.

Trees have an autumn

Life has different seasons. We are part of life.
Life has different seasons. We are part of life. | Source

Call me goofy but I like this time in our world. Look here there are people on TV who do not have perfect teeth.

So I got these folks that I love and I love them differently, they love me differently

A while back I got a divorce. We both kick ourselves in the pants over our foolishness. We love each other. But we both agree that we would not change one danged thing because it is all part of what made our children so awesome. We just do not get to regret. Our lives are just so filled with love that going back and redoing might just screw everything up.

I "have" this wife. Damned but I cannot shake her. The young little filly just loves me to death - literally maybe. She stands about 4'10'' in heels. She weighs about what my left leg and kidneys weigh. She was my superintendent of construction when I directed an expansion of offices in Vietnam - Saigon, currently known as Ho Chi Min City. I despised that wench. Then she looked into my eyes and said to me to rest with her. I hadn't rested in years. So I married her and got her her citizenship at which time I was sure she would leave me. 16 great years and a boy in kinder later, looks like we are in love. Nope that ain't fair, we are crazy in love.

So there is this adult boy named Brooks. I caught him out of the shoot and cut his umbilical cord. This little jackass went to UC Santa Cruz. And the punk got degrees in Philosophy and Art so he could understand his father and mother better. Weird in not something to aspire to. He is a king in SF as lead singer for the HA. You have seen him, he is the model in the marque in Saks and Nordstroms. He is handsome and smart. He writes poetry for me. And my wife does his taxes so I did some spy stuff and the dude makes money.

My eldest is the boss lady over at the National Democratic Congressional Committee with an advanced degree out of American University in international policy and Law. She beats my 165 IQ with hands down. She makes grown men wale and young girls aspire. She drops my jaw with accomplishments.

Addy is a special sort. That kind of free spirit that we all wish we were. With a dual degree out of Berekely in Society and the Environment and Native American Studies she rocks our world with new and innovative concepts. She is engulfed in writing children's books and loving life.

Boring but there was a point in boring you. Check this out.

Just open up and loosen up

So I bored you with my word photo album for a reason.

I have a lot to love. You do to. I face an earlier than planned death. Boogie oogie whacka whacka. It is a wake up call.

This "concept" we call "love" is not about you or me. It is not really about looking backward or forward. It is about the here and now. Look at your people and love them now. Do not think of tomorrow or even today passed. Reach out for that brass ring and grab it.

I just planted some roses. And I just wrote this. I need to be alive. My family just left me so they would not have to look at me. Fair enough it reminds them of gone. But that is projection into the future. Stay here with you now. Be you where you are. Be alive. Be a friend to someone else. Let me lead you by example and live.

I hope you found that rambling sermon interesting. It would be cool if it helped you see your life anew. Just hug somebody. Amen


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


      Always great to hear from you. We are throwing a whole bunch of love around my house these days. There is a sense of peace in longer hugs, more of them occasioned by I love you. Life is good.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      I was going to say there is one "Ya but" that's okay! It's "Get off ya butt!"

      I had a mate who got lung Cancer a few years ago, he'd never smoked but his Mum and Dad smoked and thats where it came from.

      My mate made ecery minute of his life count, he even went to Afghanistan to oversee the elections because it was his calling, he made it count! That's all we can do, make it count to our families!

      Praying for you


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

      Frank this just came up for me. A brain function I am sure rather than a computer internet thing - though that is a "funner" thing to blame.

      There is a little known verse in the Bible - Paul says it to the Hebrews "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works," Perhaps that is my calling. Thank you for being patient with my response.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Eric, your sermons do shake the ground beneath me.. wow..

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

      By God Ann, we shall not be unknown. Our craft of touching, is huge. I paint a home, I mold a pot, I grow a vegetable and I am nothing. I love enough to write my feelings and I am OUR.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      What a great philosophy, Eric! Brilliant!


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

      Ann, there is a space not a place. It burns in our soul and makes us what we are. I am listening to Tina Turner ask "what's love got to do with it". Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? I do. Let us ramp it up for a new way and a new day better than yesterday and yet not as good as tomorrow.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      This hub is remarkable. You have such energy, such optimism and such a hold on life. It is important to live in the moment, to tell people around you how much you care about them, whether you think you're on your way out or not. We're all on our way out; it's just a matter of when. I could go out and get run over by a bus tomorrow but I'm still going to make the most of my moments here and now - each day, every day, until I can't do so any more.

      I'm do not pray habitually but I will do so for you and yours. I will also tell my own how much I care - I often do but I'll do so more often, I promise.

      My prayers, my heart and my soul go out to you. You give so much to all those with whom you communicate; you deserve so much in return.

      God bless, Eric.


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

      Ed, your smile is a bit crooked like mine -- but I still like my original teeth ;-} I am quite busy with chores right now. It makes my wife happy. No not because I do a good job but because it shows I am healthy. We can smile in so many ways. My son is just getting the concept of "you have to do it anyway, so make it good and do it with a smile".

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

      John, on my first go round with this crazy disease they gave me months at the best. That was twenty years ago. We are lucky around here. My wife started down the worry path last night. So my son and I chased her around the house with a fly swatter to her butt. A bunch of giggles later all despair evaporated. Buddy I know you do not just write for me, but your articles are a part of my enjoyment of life, thanks.

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

      Cris what a cool comment. Yea I have so much to get done so I slow down in order to hurry up, if you know what I mean. Our desert is still acting like one but we are told that we will have much rain to ease our drought pain.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Eric , I learned long ago that when you're with people you love and respect , you tell them ! Tell them now because life is what it is . If you have a hero , tell that hero about it , if you can heal someone then heal them . I do it with gentle smiles . here is one for my friend Eric .....:-}

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, I think this is the first time I have ever read your "Sunday Sermon"in my part of the world Eric. There's a first for everything. It's hubs like this and a number of other events recently that really make me appreciate life, my family and friends. A good friend of mine found out six weeks ago that he had lung cancer and told me he was going to the city for tests. He has a lovely Thai wife who gives my wife massages, and a two year old daughter. I called in to their home two weeks ago and there was no one there...then we hear that he had passed away while in the city.

      He had four weeks notice..and no time to even contemplate his life fully or prepare. He was a year younger than me. I don't want this to sound depressing, just to confirm we need to live our lives to the full, and make it meaningful, and tell everyone we love them. And never give up without a fight. I know you have been a fighter all your life and have no intention of going down without swinging. As you mention the power of prayer can work miracles too.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      It is pouring hard in my part of the world and the sound and feel of it give me some upheavals of thought. Then I hub and read this piece and now I have to contemplate deeper...on life. But unlike the heavy rainfall, I feel the need to go slower in order to go much deeper or is it just me getting older.

      I don't know Eric and I have no answer. I wish you well and thank you for this Sunday's sermon. Until next Sunday...hug and love to you from the sky. ~

      P.S. It's only Saturday night here but it doesn't matter. Your hub is good any day and at any time. :)

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

      Honey baby Blossom, you make my heart rock and my soul come alive. You are hot and getting hotter. Peace be with ya'll but not too much keep taking care to teach us bucs.

      Good on ya"

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

      Clive let the bells ring in sorrow or happiness, they sound they sound the same to me!

      What a trip this life is. Awesome not in our glory but in our living.

      You pump me up with thinking away from my sorry old self -- carry on bro.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It is part of the journey, but that doesn't make it any easier. The blessing is that death is not the end of life, but the end of the journey to eternal life and that is so precious. Wishing you well. Blessings and prayers to you.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Jamaica you have it now you don't. At the end of the day a man is just a man, whether, black, white, rich poor, genius or stupid. We all live in a fleshly host, one prone to the misfortunes of illness. When the genius of doctors fail, the only thing left is faith in prayer.

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

      Thank you Alison. I am pleased that you enjoyed it.

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

      Ed, then I think I got this right. I was making an effort to put the diagnosis in with so much life that it got lost in the shuffle. Because that is where it is at for me. Just a part of life.

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      Alison Monroe 2 years ago

      A good sermon--thanks for writing it. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but happy to have read this.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Okay Eric , help me out , you always have had a way with words in all the time I've known you . I don't have the I.Q. to understand MYSELF sometimes ,so do you really have cancer ?

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

      Hey buddy Reynold, so cool. I just am having that epiphany unto myself. I am really starting to enjoy listening to people ramble. My mind is seemingly loving their mind. No thanks. But it is what it is, so let us see where it goes.

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Eric--lots to think about here for all of us. I ramble around in my head like this all the time. I am an old, old guy and found that letting others talk about whatever they wish is something that works well in life. Oh, oh--I'm rambling now! Well done.


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