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Eric's Sunday Sermon: Celebrations and The Lack of Love

Updated on December 21, 2014

An epitome of love

A classic picture of a very classic man.
A classic picture of a very classic man. | Source

It does not really matter what the holiday is, does it?

Are we waking up with a list of things to do? Or are we waking up with a list of how to be? Sadly it is the former for way too many folks. Do we set our priorities first thing on what needs to get done? Or are we setting our minds and hearts as to how they must be done? Sadly again it is the former?

Happily this is not a Sunday Sermon on what we do wrong but rather one on how we can do better and live better and ultimately be better.

How easy it is to get caught up in the day to day.

There is a very interesting lesson that is contained in the Bible and I shall quote it. The thrust of it is the notion that while there is much to do, there should also be priorities. And the good priorities are not of worry of the day to day. We ask a simple question that is a riddle of sorts: Who shall serve and who shall serve?

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Notice here that the Lord does not rebuke Martha for caring about the world but rather points out that those with other more spiritual concerns are worthy to be treated well also. As we must eat a part of us must care about the worldly matters but the bulk of our attention must be on the spiritual side.

As an aside here I do not understand the story completely as I fall toward the priorities of Mary but I surely do like that well cooked and presented meal. I will keep working on it and appreciate those who toil to put food on the table.

This was a hard one for me to really "get into" because it is not in my favorite types of genre. But it is worth the listen for anyone.

Are you willing?

Can you set aside the care of the day to care about what is most important?

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There is much gardening to be done to produce this one wonderful rose.

However there must be time set aside just to marvel at it's beauty.
However there must be time set aside just to marvel at it's beauty. | Source

There is an old concept that helps me to remember.

During these times of celebration cards are mailed as a tradition. Very often filled with pictures of family to share with the recipient. They often go on a tree or up on a refrigerator or even a table set aside for the cards.What a wonderful tradition that fills us with memories of family and friends.

There is another fun notion that I always thought was a bit strange but I like it nonetheless. It is known most commonly as S.W.A.K.. Sealed with a kiss. Quite often reserved for lovers and often marked or sealed by a kiss on the card or letter envelope evidenced by lipstick. It is the idea that we make note of here. Do we seal our cards and letters simply by the glue that is on the envelope or do we seal them with love?

Gifts of the heart.

There is another fun story that goes a long way for many. It is a story about a newborn king. Other kings brought precious gifts to him out of their abundance. A small boy had no gift to give the king yet out of desperation he gave a song and played it on his drum for the king. And this gift was a gift to be treasured above all others. (a short version of the story is below and if you do not know the story it is wonderful to watch and if you know it - enjoy)

If we pay attention and give from our hearts our lists are not just writings on a paper and not something that must be done in a hectic hurry. But rather are labors of love. If there is just no time with all that must be done, then it is time to reconsider just what must be done.

Perhaps we give too many gifts and so we dilute the real reason for giving them. Perhaps we go into debt in order to maintain a facade. Perhaps we feel we must give certain people certain gifts.

I have a sister that just loves any gift giving season or reason. She actually thinks of gifts and goes about getting them as early as Easter of the year. She has a closet full of gifts that she thinks are just right for just the right person. She just loves to wrap presents. Here holidays are not hectic but filled with joy. I have always thought that this was the perfect combination of Martha and Mary. However when she is cooking you had better chip in and help or get the heck out of the kitchen and stop nibbling on her creations ;-)

Just a lovely story about gift giving.

Can we still do all those worldly things and still be acting in love?

Absolutely we can still join in on the rat race and do it in love. It just takes a little effort and really no more time. We come to believe that when we are needing to get things done we are needing to frown and concentrate fully on getting "it" done. When what we should be concentrating on is our smile and doing the big "it" in love. I promise it does not help us do things better or faster if we do "it" in a hurry already thinking about the next thing to do.

It is just a proven fact that when we enjoy what we are doing we do it better. It does not matter what it is that we are doing. And doing things in love is one of the surest ways to enjoy what we are doing. And I tell you with no reservation that doing things in love is contagious, you will infect those around you.

I was once in a little village in Southeast Asia. A gift was received and it had been opened and broken in shipping. To me it was sad. To the grandmother who received it from her granddaughter off in a foreign land it was joyous to receive anything sent in the love of a granddaughter. I knew then that I had to get my priorities straightened out. And so more to me than to you I write this sermon to remind me of what is truly important.

The gift of being together is one of the best gifts of all.

My mom used to say that if I could just make it home for the holidays that would be all the gift she would want.
My mom used to say that if I could just make it home for the holidays that would be all the gift she would want. | Source

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I won't be stealing this article, Eric, but I will be borrowing the important message. Live 365 like every day is Christmas...wouldn't that be lovely, to give of ourselves and our love every day of the year?

      Merry Christmas my friend.

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

      Merry everyday my good friend. Your gift of continuing support is all I want for Christmas!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Eric,

      Boy, did I need to read this very sermon this day! I am making a point of slowing down and doing what I need to do with love, for a celebration can't be much of one without love.

      I do so much enjoy your Sunday sermons, for they are not like a sermon at all, but very insightful and great reminders of what is important in this life.

      Your photos are always a beautiful reminder that life is beautiful.

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

      Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year and always

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Every one is always so busy rushing and running from and to one task or another. We need to be reminded to slow down and appreciate life and those we love, before it is too late.

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

      I Faith, I think I needed to remind myself so this sermon just came out of me. And then lo and behold the church sermon today echoed the thrust of it. I am sure you are finding that critical love factor in all you do. Thank you very much for your support. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Merry Christmas my friend ! To you and yours !

      Once long ago and because of life , this little lesson just kind of popped into my head , my heart and my whole being . "live within the moment ", although I often still struggle with it , as I get older I've become more lazy ....which helps tremendously LOL

      As Usual my friend Rev. . Eric , has the most important lesson of the day ! Pick that family up to the sky Eric !..........:-} ps. you know I vote these lessons all up whether I say it or not right? }

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

      Hi Marie thank you for coming by and adding to my hub. You surely have given us a truth for now. Merry Christmas.

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

      Well howdy do Ed, thank you for coming on over and leaving such a great message. I figure growing holder helps with a lot of stuff and that laziness is part and parcel with getting wiser. We no longer need to work hard at futility.

      I hope you have just the holidays that you want.

      I certainly do know that you support me and appreciate it very much.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you promote love all year long, and your message of making it a priority during the Christmas season needs to be underscored. Good job! Thank you and a Very Happy Christmas to you and yours!

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

      Thanks Dora, it truly is a labor of love for me. I hope you and your mom celebrate another great Christmas together as best you can. XOXOXO

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      Hi. thank you for this about what Christmas really is all about. I appreciate your inspiration and faith. Merry Christmas.

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

      Nice to meet you Joyfulcrown, may your Christmas be merry and filled with grace. Thank you for visiting and leaving a note.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Beautiful soul stirring sermon as usual. My wife's name is Martha and she goes around fretting just like the Martha in the Bible story. I like to tease her with this story but she just anwers if you want to eat shut up and sit down. Merry Christmas my friend!

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

      Well a very Merry Christmas to you and Martha. (I am pleased that you are home at this hour as our carrier delivers packages before 7am for the last week -- Yikes!)

      May the reservoir freeze over and I will see you skating.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      We should appreciate life more. I thank you for this hub and I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

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

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for visiting.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric - A marvelous and much needed re-telling and reminder of the old, old story of Martha and Mary. We do need to get our priorities straight -- it became a little bit easier in my fifties because I no longer had the energy to go full steam ahead 18 hours a day. My time is better spent now, but there is always room for improvement. :) I did enjoy the video and song very much. Hope you and yours have a Blessed New Year. :) Theresa

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

      Hi Theresa, we do have a great two New Years in this home. We celebrate the Western one on the first and then the Lunar (which we call Tet) in February. I think that age factor is really a strong influence on these matters. Thank you for coming by and reading and leaving us a happy note. Chuc Mung Nam Moi

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I personally like the tradition of sending and receiving Christmas cards the old-fashioned way and I very much appreciate the effort being put in it. But, of course, we are now in the cyber-age and so I guess, the greetings and the message of love itself is the most important.

      Awesome hub and the pictures are delightful as well as the video.

      Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family.

      Love and Twinkle from the sky~

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

      I just love Christmas cards. I have them all over the house and they bring us great joy. Thank you CrisSp

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I really liked how you pointed out how things of the world are important but cannot override the spiritual things. Worldly things may feed and sow into our flesh but spiritual things feed and sow into our spirit. Worldly things are really becoming distracting. It seems as if we are too busy to worry about anything else except what we feels need to be done. I believe this is Satan's biggest weapon. He keeps us distracted and soon we don't have as much time to worship. To praise. Read our bibles.; ect.

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

      Hi Dana, thank you for leaving such a wonderful addition to this hub. Truly we must really work and staying in the word and there is a whole bunch of stuff tugging against us.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      It is so easy to lose sight of what is really important. It has taken life changing illness (15 years of it for my family) that has taught us how to live as we should.

      And we feel so blessed to know that the real treasures are right in our midst.

      God is good!!!

      Angels are on the way today ps

      Voted up++++ shared

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      This message is just as good on Valentine's Day as it is on Christmas. As you say, any holiday can come under this message - and any day at all. I enjoyed being reminded of Mary and Martha.

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

      Hi Patricia, it is always so nice to hear from you. Of course you and yours are always in our prayers. Truly sometimes changing life courses is what brings us to a higher sense of what matters most.

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

      Patty it is good to hear from you. I do my best to enjoy holidays for what they are and not what they have become in the marketing rich world.

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