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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; For the Love of Love and the Sound

Updated on September 7, 2019
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A life long pursuit and the results. Doctorates and experience sometimes do not mean much. Just listening is my expertise.

Boy Go Back To Your Sleeping Bag!

The wild boars woke him up. What are you going to do?
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Is Anyone Else Having Fun Yet

Now if you do not need to pinch yourself to make sure this great life is not a dream. Go back to sleep

May You Let Others Do For You.

How can you “do” love. How can you hear love and how can you love. Silence and Love may just be the only love.

I am going to leave this world for a while. I am free falling – by Tom Petty. How wonderful if placed under that tree where you are sitting with a straw in your teeth and just drifting away. Dobie Gray.

Shucks sometimes I wonder if only folks who put things to music are poets? Maybe not but when I read good poetry I get a rhythm and rhyme and harmony to it. John Hansen is one. And then I get to tapping my foot even to a Mailbag by a folk we call Billybuc. There it is. Communication in artful form is music? Now to me sculpture and paintings are the same. Clearly strange but I don’t get anything else in there. I was dancing in the Louvre and almost got arrested.

I have been happy lately, I think something good has become. Peace Train by Cat Stevens.

1 John 4 God Is Love; Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Now it is foggy and a smearing overcast this morning. You would think that is great to cool our inland coastal desert. Wrong. Heat rises and when heat cannot rise it is trapped. Your coffee pot lets the heat escape through a spout of sorts otherwise it explodes. And the fog is here. Which means by 11 AM the humidity will be over 100. Now then the sun will beat down on us with all it’s glory.

Horrible at 100 degrees. But enough to celebrate. The humidity reduces fire danger. So in restless siesta dreams today I will sweat but hear the sound of silence – Sound of Silence. (let us go with Paul Simon)

So the sound of silence is perhaps the sweetest sound of all. Yet I will sit and listen and watch the leaves pop up from heavy dew as the sun parches them and they actually crack rising up. No really I mean it. I promise if you do the still deal sitting in the dirt you can hear it. Crazy but true.

I think when my boy and wife get up with sleepy eyes in a bit I will hear their breathing as I kiss them in love but also to feel their temperature to detect any untoward condition.

Forever Young? What is the Option?

He Was Older Then

He is younger now.
He is younger now. | Source

Proclaim Your Love - Now!

I wonder If I am playing with the Queen of Hearts (Juice Newtan?)

So let us talk about my favorite love. Loving between two. Marriage is the best. If you have not tried it go and do it. Marriage is a contract. Marriage requires stuff from you. All emotional and physical and even financial. It is a great contract. Maybe except for your covenant with your God it is the best.

I even know folks who do not love each other in such a contract they will not break. Bummer but still a good contract.

Now I am a lawyer type so I know about contracts. Contracts are what make the world go around. I have a couple contracts with my young son. If this then that and we abide thereby.

But love is not a contract. Love is gentle, Love is kind, love is forever and ever. Love also requires “tough” love and not walking away until love has settled the issue. For some reason some would claim to be battling ethnicities but my wife and I fight. And the fights just fade away. My son seems to think they are funny. He does not put on headphones and run into another room, he just kind of watches. Perhaps we had a violent one back in 2003. I seem to recall she hit me with a frying pan.

So love between two on a fully personal level is a different thing than just general love. Love of doing stuff and of nature is awesome. And love in the spiritual is quite cool. But “loving” a partner is super duper.

Seems to me that a lot of folks do not have a formal contract for marriage. I don’t get that but that is fine by me. If they are being all in love who cares? Not my style but I am old fashion. Some folks want the right of being formally married. Now I may not know everything but that is really kind of interesting. Maybe stuff like SSI? Maybe the right to be like other people, again. Surely I do not discount their feelings and respect their desire there.

Let me just proclaim outright that I love my wife with everything I got. Well except what I reserve for my children and God. But that helps with the point. Different loves.

I Do Not Make Love

I do love
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Cool Version

Please Sit Sit Still

The Sound of Love

Perhaps the greatest of all sounds is the silence when holding hands. Here we do group hugs and usually say I love you and a prayer. But when we just stand there and shut up it is the best. I wonder about chanting out loud. It is well to consider prayers in silence. On the other hand I love to sing hymns and the like. Do you think my tap dancing may just be rude.

The term “babbling brook” is good. Roosters waking me up is a great day starter. If you never heard it you should take some time, a horse breathing on a good run right at dawn is amazing. Silly me but the sound of heavy traffic in a foreign city is aliving. Now go borrow a child and sit without waking them and listen to their breath early. (Mine happens to be on loan from God ;-)

There is a song that I just really think is special. (Ballad of the Green Beret). Why not celebrate combat heroes. Thanks to them for my wife and son. Her dad who was/is his grandpa, fought with these fine men. A ranger in the So. VN.

Now we must remember that the price of freedom is too often the sound of weapons. But we must love the sound of our freedom. “I say there are somethings were fighting for” (Have You Forgotten - Darryl Worley) Call me a bit strange but I just love my country.

Let me tell you a secret. “it is a love without end” – Perhaps George Straight? Maybe Barker. And it ends with “Amen” witch really means RIGHT ON.

And that is the bottom line. RIGHT ON Brothers and Sisters.

You got to know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. (I think Harris and Rodgers)

Can you force your love on someone over the sound of silence? Nope. You cannot demand love from another or from God. Give it, use it or lose it.

Now let us hold on to love with all we have but with cupped hands so when it may be time we let it flutter away and watch the beauty of its wings into a new flight of life and love. It remains love and not resentment and worry. As we are bound to love we are bound to freedom because of that love. We are bound to love and not to possession.

Please join me in loving the sound of silence.

What a great day!


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dana my brother told me that love was synergistic. Look at all the loving I get here. Thank you for sharing it with me.

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      Dana Tate 

      13 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      A beautiful Sermon about love. It truly warms the heart. We can never love enough or be loved enough. Your Sermon's always remind me how beautiful love truly is.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Nithya thank you for your kind words. It used to take work. Now it just exhausting not to love.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      13 months ago from Dubai

      A beautiful sermon about love. The love you have for your family shines through, enjoyed reading.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Fantastic Linda I will be thinking of you and yours.

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      Linda Lum 

      13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I'm late to the party once again. Packing my bags and headed just a little bit south for 7 days with Mr. Carb and my older daughter. Just getting away for a week, no emails or text messages or phone calls. Just the 3 of us on the love train soaking up the sights and sounds. I love that you love your family so much. You're a good teacher.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      A long term loving relation is like the nectar of the Gods. We are planning a hug fest when mom gets home from serving our military tonight. Whistles and flashlights shall do. A little late but who cares!!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby, we are busting a gut around here. He is going to do the cooking. I have a show to watch. Does not seem like we will get to it after football and futball games out back. But we put out seed. 'birds or our last rat" who cares.

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      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      13 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada


      I am old-fashioned as well and am so happy that my husband of almost fifty years is also that kind of old-fashioned. What amazes me is how we old folks get many opportunities to love and be loved, even after so many bouts of little grace and malignant injury. God is good. All the time.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This message is so very uplifting, and I get it. About an hour ago I put a leftover piece of fish out in a container outside and watched my neighbor's cat eat it. It was a quiet time and I loved it. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and spending time with us.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah I just love you man. Please note that in my book you just took it down a notch. Shoot, I have to take it up a notch to be understood.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Pamela I trust you are well after the heavy weather. It is going to be beautiful here today.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great day indeed, my friend, just as it should be. Hell,they are all great days if I give my permission and allow life to unfold.

      Include me in that group hug, okay?

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      13 months ago from Washington DC

      The only way to take it down a notch, brother Eric, is to forget the truth I have realized because of REASONING beyond the preferences conditioned into me. I don't want to return to that state of dissatisfied living again. I don't ever expect everyone to become a philosophy, lovers of wisdom so until that is the only thing they value, but I post it for the few who do.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am glad to hear that you are so happy, and you have so much love for your wife, son and all of your family. Despite temperature of 100+, you are still glad to get out and go places with your son. Enjoy your Sunday Eric.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Nope Elijah you are what we call a freak. You do not relate to us normal people. Cool with you I am sure but do not expect someone joining you. You need to take it down a notch to more human interaction if you want to get your message across. (screw that I get)

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      13 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, I filled with joy, I enjoyed being the "whole hog" rather than one half like happy is to sad. We have our enjoyments in different ways, my brother, as is common with most people.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah you have got to drop the over serious routine. Maybe you have fun but you don't sound like it. Not my call to make. But with me - get happy.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mel they have to have a medicine. Just back from your Marina. Scooting around the Sail boats on boogie boards. What 100+ degree heat? Us here in Sprung Valley know when to put the board in the water. I think I will get some fins so I can keep up. Now cool baths to clean off the yuck. But I must admit it is very clean there. My hands are wrinkle.

      But we just reported in an the boss is all groovey. Happy wife - happy life!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      13 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, the poem "My Proposal" and first thing in my hub "Freedom Discussed In Poetry" is the only contract I have to offer since I've surrendered Every Fiber of my Existence" to God. That contract demands me to love without attachments or rejections. I've had many girls say they accept is but I only know one who hasn't attempted to break it because when they do I called it to their attention and haven't heard from them since. Be true to the contract or annul it is what I say.

      My observation is "the sound of weapons is the sound of attempting to control" another. Freedom is all about Self-Control, since God is inthroned in our hearts.

      I enjoyed reading it although we have different views.

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      Mel Carriere 

      13 months ago from San Diego California

      I don´t think what you call fights between your wife and you are fights, I think they are beat downs, and we know who is on the receiving end of those, you and me right? We deserve it. They can sniff out our evil thoughts.

      As for those who you say have been married so many years and do not love one another, I disagree. I have repeated over and over again, probably from your pulpit here, that love is not an emotion, it is a state of being. When you have been with a woman so long you might be tired of being b***tched at and think you are not in love, but you really are. Love transcends feelings.

      I enjoy your work, always.


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