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Eric's Sunday Sermon; God’s Love and Our Connectivity

Updated on May 29, 2017

My Kids and I Like Rocks

I just had to take this picture as I ultimately picked up each rock and said "wow" what a story!
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Maybe God Does His Best

There is a space in time that we reach with others when we love. Perhaps we move in a modality different than without love. Do we turn love on and off? I wonder if a prayer done in grief is as effective as a prayer done in love. If I pray for mom who has lost dad to have an abundance of love rather than for her to feel better; is that a better prayer?

Be cool here and not all religionist on me. Prayer is a mental consideration. An intention. Perhaps a supplication but more rightly an application. An application for the job of love. I file my application and hope and/or believe that I got the job of loving more and more correctly. Other prayers are really good for you like mantras and the Rosary. But really they are just good for you and so lack the intercession of love for your center of attention. Maybe we like to say intercession or even interpretation or interception.

My young son for some reason grasped the word logic. At seven the only way to teach him is if A =B then B=A. Which in fact could be false given context. So we move to our faith and yours may be different. Jesus loves all people therefore all people are loved. Some will tell you only those that do xy&z are loved but that is truly not logical in a theological space of reference. As God cannot be restrained.

OK I get it, this is theocratic mumbo jumbo. But my peoples know me and the garbage above is setting the stage. And yes in the end the curtain calls may reach you more vividly than the train of thought. Perhaps my performance is far less important than the group hug when the drama has been completed. Something we should all consider in our daily lives. Because isn’t the joint experience more important as a group than the danged play.

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I Reckon That My Life and Right to Write is Something I Could Never Repay.

I have this super awesome family both of origin and of my origin if you get that drift. Marrying is a term used in the restaurant business. It normally is used regarding adding ketchup to the ketchup already on the table. (kind of illegal as you can imagine the bacteria that cumulates by leaving the old ketchup although marrying old chili to new makes a much better chili and it gets recooked) So marrying as I see it includes the not so clean acceptance of your spouse’s family as your own. And that makes my family huge. And that makes my circle of familiar love huge. Uncle Brian may be a jerk but he is my jerk so I love him. Brother Dan wrote me that there are no good brothers or bad brothers there are simply brothers. I reckon the same holds true of all family.

So this deal as God is love really starts to hit home as the need to seek the love and not the division. My biggest sin is division and pride fullness or vainglory. I sometimes let the smallest of slights create a tunnel vision of negativism. Good folk tell me that that is normal. And so we move toward love. Perhaps we should all take a pledge not to be normal.

If you can believe or even relate sometimes I wake up in hate. I do not get it. Maybe an unresolved issue. Maybe a resentment from the day before open in that dream state but sticking with me.

Could it be that we need to spend some time every morning, not just at night before sleep, releasing our angst? Should it and could it be that I write to rid myself of poison just as some would fast? We call it spiritual detoxing? I need it. As my cup is half full with water and yet half full with air, it is incumbent upon me to listen to love and fill both portions with love even if it means draining my soul.

My boy and I play riddles and knock knock jokes. “What is black and white and read all over?” Of course the read sounds more like red and hence the fun. Orange, Orange who? Oarn’t you glad I did not say orange again? We mock communication thought to be held in language. But the hugs and kisses first thing every morning and night tell a real story of love.

Please hold the hand of a 90 year old and of a 4 year old, today. Truth be told that is why I like going to church mainly. I just enjoy singing so much and I like the take of the preacher man as interesting. But my boy and I love to hug the funny blue haired ladies and the little children. I hope that is not weird. Perhaps I should rethink that notion. Then again no freaking way.

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Peace And Love Be Upon You.

I have come a long way and I hope you have to. It is that space where we find ourselves not needing love. The cup’s contents are just given and the cup fills again with love. Like waves and tides of the sea. No matter what, the contents must be given out and nourish another. Or the substance becomes rancid. I sure wish I was perfect on this with my neighbor but he is a jerk. So I hate it but pray for him twice a day. Sometimes a stream hits a natural dam. The water backs up behind it and the lack of flow makes the water not so good. We must let our love flow free in order for it to stay clean and pure. Yet pests need stagnant water to survive and we need pests. I guess Mother Nature is teaching us balance.

Can love exist without another? Nope. We are called upon and demanded to love others. Wouldn’t it be funny if we could just love? Sorry but the cup of love does not work that way or accept loving ourselves as good enough to be a part of God’s love.

God is love, and if you choose to, you are love. Knock off the pursuit of purity and perfection. Maybe angels do that and I named my youngest so after an angel that is my favorite – Gabriel. He seems to rock and roll in good. But what the heck so do my eldest children. I do not think I taught them that. Maybe osmosis and I hope so.

For this wonderful day I am going to go and drown myself. Yes I am going to die. I am going to let the waters flow so fully over me that I am lost. Yet reborn so alive. This is metaphoric. And yet true. My children through love today will wash away my wrongs and bring me back more pure. Please let your children do the same. Or maybe just let me do it. Let me know.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Kari, I for some reason cared, and so I counted up my Sunday Sermons. Well over 170. And that thought helped me realize that over a few years I became less smart. For some reason that made me happy.

      I cannot earn love I can only stay the course and let it be given to me.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      14 months ago from Ohio

      God is love and does love everyone. I wish more people really knew this. We don't deserve it, but it happens anyway. I wish to live a life of love. I want to show everyone I meet love. It's not always that easy, but over time I have gotten better. :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      19 months ago


      I know why you love going to church so much! It's the 'exchanging the peace'!!

      The Hebrew means soooo much more than just an absence of fighting!

      It's all about actually looking for the good of the other.

      I like the fact that 'love' requires more than one, and even though 'God is love' we can be too.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora thank you for your comment. I can think of answers for me, but not a universal one.

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      Dora Weithers 

      19 months ago from The Caribbean

      "If I pray for mom who has lost dad to have an abundance of love rather than for her to feel better; is that a better prayer?" Lots of food for thought in this question. Deep thinking!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Whahoo Eddy XOXOX so good to see you again. This morning I was really in joy to see you. Yes indeed let us make many more memories and share them.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Very cool Tim. You just reminded me to "knock on doors" and ask for help even just a little. It allows others to act lovingly and that is a good gift.

      I really like the notion of expanding the concept of baptism. My favorite is John 4:14 "but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." And so I extrapolate God being love then when we share love we are baptizing our neighbor.

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      19 months ago from Wales

      Oh Eric I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to be back and how I enjoyed this precious read of yours. Here's to so many more treasures to come my dear friend.


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      Tim Mitchell 

      19 months ago from Escondido, CA

      A lot was covered from prayer to Love to family to fellowship to interactions. Seems, those are about life. And, I heard a hint about baptism at least with my ear. I like the concept I received from the article of being baptized in Love . . . daily . . . and recognizing it through people in our life.

      I just answered the front door. The lady that drives my elderly neighbor three days a week for dialysis asked is the water turned off, which it is for repair at our mobile home park. I looked and his notice was still in the reciptacle they use for notices. We received it 2 days ago. I guess his son did not notice it. On my walk back to comment here I gave pause to give thanks I was here to answer that question. Then, I thought of the pathway of Love through interactions.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Denise I was talking with a parishioner about that just recently. If we could achieve the love that Jesus Christ our Savior had, we decided we just couldn't handle the bliss.

      We agreed also that probably striving for it may be just as good as we can look forward to each day getting better.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      20 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Who would have known that love could save us?! Not just our love, but the love of our Savior in that he gave his life for us. If we could only come close to that love, then the world would be a much better place!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks John, it already is a better day and that is a good thing.

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, A=B and therefore B=A (Jesus loves all people, but all people don't love Jesus). Sorry, you have had a bad day, and I pray tomorrow will be better.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda you said that so well. I am having a bad day. But in just a few my son and I will be making memories. Bye Bye bad day!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      20 months ago from Washington DC

      My biggest sin, Eric? Sin means "missing the mark" so if we miss the mark by less than a sixty-fourth of an inch or a mile it is still a missed mark. Missing the mark is necessary just like all dualities are needed for our learning. When everything is the same there is no cause to reason, all one would need to do is do without thought. So, rejoice when you miss the mark, it will teach you where the joining of opposites are which is "the straight way with the narrow gate" the christ said seek. So, without sin how are we to comprehend the two sides and joining point necessary for wisdom?

      You spend time outside during evenings [time preceding light] and morning [time of light] and haven't you notice there is this time between the two that makes a straight circle around the earth and when we stand in the middle of it looking "down the line" we can look one direction and see light rays increasing or leaving and in the opposite direction see darkness approaching or leaving, thus, the straight way with the narrow gate. However, while in a sunny morning you will see darkness [what an object between the light and it's observer produces] under every tree, blade of grass, shelter of any kind and so forth, and on clear moonless evenings we still see light, the multitude of stars sending enough rays that we, if we practice, can navigate our way even in forests. What we have is a greater concentration of darkness in the evenings and a greater one of light rays during the morning but they both are in each. Thus, in every half of a thing their is it's opposite so how can one love the one without the other?

      Love has the opposite of hate so if we are loving we are also loving hate and vice versa. [You son may enjoy this logic.] From that perspective, why love or hate? Allow us to consider the meaning of god name, I AM THAT I AM, it tells us we should not be attached to or rejective of anything because of sense perceptions because that is what makes us understand existence.

      I have seen some looks of pleasure that would make one to believe the person is in deep pain. That revealed to me they both have the same origin except pain reveals something amiss in one direction while pleasure is something amiss in the other but when at the joining point one doesn't recognize either. Then, overindulging in pleasure is just as harmful as overindulgence in pain, we need to accept them both for what they say to us and seek to return them to their balance. Thus, our love should not have attachments associated with it nor our hate rejection, we should love with hate and hate with love for our own understanding.


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      Linda Lum 

      20 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - Each new day is an opportunity to hit the reset button, to start anew. I like that (and boy do I need it!). Like Bill, I really love your thought of letting our children wash away our wrongs. Of all the many things I have done wrong in my life, I know that twice I got it right.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill I just laughed my rather healthy sized butt off. My young son and I play, soccer, basketball and baseball about 5 days a week. He is a sneaky devil when he calls "mulligan". Golf is going to be hell. But the low down on the show down is that we hug and kiss after every bout.

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      Bill Holland 

      20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a beautiful concept, my friend, our children washing away our wrongs. I really like that...sort of a rebirth for me, a mulligan in life. :)


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