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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Holidays?

Updated on April 22, 2019
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Yesterday was a Christian Holiday. Kind of an interesting one. I am pretty sure it always falls on a Sunday. That would mean that the day of importance changes every year. Some places have a day off or holiday on Monday after the Sunday celebration. The date of Easter has to do with the moon? Down here near Mexico way we say, “Pascua de Resurrección”. (I am not sure of that spelling, I can speak but not really write Spanish)

So it is known in Gregorian to be at a time co-ordinated by the moon. Come on people that is strange.

So Easter in this home is basically a state of continuing grace and gratitude. For me it is like a daily morning thing. Sometimes just before bed. So yesterday is dress up day and bunny eggs. And I will make some killer Eggs Benedict. Fruit should be melon and strawberry and bubbly Apple cider is great. Veggies is a special mix we do not go into here.

I think I am irreverent for sure and maybe a blasphemy attitude. Well that just is what it is. This is my about my 6th year of daily Catechism study. I taught it for a bit. I study the Catholic now but the Book of Common Prayer for Episcopal days was my first study. Really not much difference. But the Eastern or Russian Orthodox are way off the charts as proclaiming “rules”. Easter and Christmas are on different days. If you have a year on your hands you should study all their “Cannons”. Well probably not unless you are religious nerdy. I plead guilty.

So to the quick point. Holidays are in your head. What a blast. I am going to the oldest church in California (not Norte Baja California down south)

I am trying to chit chat and include my son with our new neighbor just out from 5+ years in the military. Did you know that suicide deaths by veterans is more about the loss of structure than PTSD? Like prison folks released. It is hard not to buy into our rules and regulations. Most of us like the standard fare of structure. Please tell me how to think, if you leave me to my own devices I get all confused. That takes so much mental work. I do not like that think. Lean on me brothers and sisters.

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Thankful to Be Thankful

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Thank You For Peace

Do we do well if we are not helping another? Not a chance in hell. “Out of ourselves”. So we will ask our neighbor to come help us. Don’t need it. But let us give him purpose.

If you take away Christmas, the 4th of July, Memorial Day we lose our structure. Each place has such though different. If we are called by others to participate we have purpose. This takes love. I kind of get all scared. Can you teach a child love? What do think? Can we teach love by just loving? I have decided that we cannot do that. You have to let them love you. Give them the right to hug you.

My son is just old and big enough to sit up front in my little coche’. So of course he slugs me, if you are dad with a son there is nothing more fun. He is learning the controls. Radio and air stuff. Rules and structure are key so we do not break things. I reckon he likes being a big boy. Seems like it at least.

I need Easter. My head goes all wonky. I forget what day it is. No not Easter but Saturday or Tuesday. There is a notion called the Sabbath. Sounds like a great idea for most. My wife needs it. She gets rejuvenated. I figure that my Sabbath is every day between about 4am to 7am. I know that is strange. My son thinks it is cool. But he likes to go to church. Excellent family and friends. How great is that?

We do not do normal. Is “goofy” the right word? My wonderful wife loves this world. She kicks some serious butt. She likes to be in total control. Funny but I do not want to be in control. I cannot control that Raven. If you know me, you know that I cannot control my son.

More fun than a barrel of monkeys here. Righteousness is not really me. I pretty much figure that is for others. Fine and fine people. Not me. I do as I please. I quandary how that works. I have not hurt another in decades. Nope only by being frail. Cancer kind of needs you to lean on others. They need more than us “patients”.

Easter is fantastic.

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We were writing this yesterday. I looked around and saw some wrong. Man o man how can you publish and write today. I had no urgency. So I shut down my computer and watched clouds.

Sometimes you just have to shut up. You just need to talk to love. Love boasts not and does not show off. I use the word “we” it is not me here it is me and love. I try not to write without love. There is no other way I can do it. To write and talk in love is critical.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Tim. This next one is beat/beet day. Our garden beets are so tasty - well the leaves soaked in lemon juice and olive oil. And my boy is loving percussion. How can you beat that?

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks, Eric. My friend, I think I will celebrate that one, too. We are home for a work day - the teachers have marched up at the state Capitol - we are going out to plant flowers in the flower bed. Thanks alot.

      Respect and admiration,

      Tim

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ah Tim I wish you could have been here for our last holiday. We made it complete with banners and balloons and such. I think it was Wednesday eve. I let my son name it. He named it "home" holiday. The three of us had a great holiday. Actually to celebrate us all home safely.

      What will be the excuse this week?

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      You are a wise, kind, and thoughtful soul, Eric. This is why you have so many readers - by the time we are done reading one of your articles, we are laughing, feeling good about life, and remembering Him the way we are meant to. God bless you.

      Respectfully,

      Tim

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim I just laid down to dream. No not slumber and no not daydreaming. Just to make sure all this love is not a dream. Or maybe it is. That works for me. (I do not pinch myself that hurts ;-) God gave me the Sabbath I hope for you too. We do not deserve mercy but God let us deserve rest.

      It was not made for God it was made for man.

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric, I share Sabbath with you around 4:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. That's my morning praying time, when I may take the dogs for a nice stroll and enjoy the new holiday. Love grants us a holiday every beautiful day. Always uplifting, encouraging, thought provoking and loving in your work. Thanks again.

      Yes, and everyday my wife smiles or my children or someone's kids smile, I have Christmas.

      Respectfully and with admiration,

      Tim

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderfully said. My son and I are creating a welcome home party for my wife tonight. She has not left home. Why not have a party. We have streamers and dance party music ready. A celebration that she walks through the door. Why not?

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Nicely done yourself! Smooth write. I'm not really into holidays, too much pressure. My idea of a holiday is to take an ordinary day and enjoy it.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 weeks ago from Washington DC

      True that, Eric. Jesus' walking on the water is a symbolic metaphor of "living the understanding of the Bible's message" so everyone who live their beliefs are out of the boat and walking on the water everyone else is floating in "the boat of religious dogma" on.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Without peace we only float rather than row. Without faith we are out of the boat.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 weeks ago

      Love and peace are both worth pursuing and you have brought this out well in your writing here.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on Elijah. Your sentiment is why this series was started and continues. Of course many here go to church and share that and I rejoice in their decision. I don't know anyone who completely shares the thoughts expressed at the sermons at church. And I certainly hope not here.

      And that is why this is called a sermon. Either that offends and you do not read or you are good with it and read.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I think I agree, Easter is the best for why you stated. I also like all the pomp and circumstance surrounding that holiday especially Palm Sunday. Attendance at a physical church will not get you into heaven but it is good to hang out with folks with a smile on their faces.

      Love you

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Sister Ruby, the Hebrew word כנסייה is translated to "church" in Jesus' "upon this rock I will build my church" while כְּנֵסִיָה is the noun meaning assembly. I am told כנסייה means "to call out from" so I believe using the other translation was a trick of the early church now call Catholic. All of Jesus teaching to those who would become church are told to "forsake everything" and become a houseless wonderer especially to the Born Again of John 3:1-8. I say that because you said "I know people who do not attend any church, but will surely go to heaven" but I believe they will in some incarnation but not unless they actually follow Jesus' teachings.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I attended a Lutheran church on Easter Sunday and it was nice. As you know, my belief is that all churches are ok, but none will get you into heaven. The key is love and do unto others as you want them to do unto you. I know people who do not attend any church, but will surely go to heaven. I like holidays, esp. Easter, when our savior died so we can live again after death. Another good sermon Eric. Peace and happiness.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Eric, I'm saying man is not a gender, it's a plural word meaning "minds able to comprehend all things": woman is a plural word and not a gender since the prefix "wo" means "woven from man" that left both the boy and girl (mankind's only gender words) both "woven from each other" making them "minds unable to comprehend all things". That's because either our yin or yang is dormant within us that makes the opposite attraction we call love. Thus we developed the multitude of judgmental adjectives use most of the time as "the fruit from the 'tree of the knowledge' go good and evil" we were told not to produce because it would blind us from seeing things as the wholes they are.

      I can't trash what I've discovered is the cause of our intellectual blindness, the loss of our yin or yang that have one third of both genders being yin, another third yang and the last third having both segregated within them. If we hadn't been taught one is girls' nature and the other boys' homosexuality would not be as plentiful as it is, instead we would marry the opposite gender with our opposite nature or someone with both which attract us to each other, but the person with both would still want someone else to feed the one a single natured person can't. It appears you have married your opposite while teaching your son to develop them both, so I'll add "encourage him to integrate them within himself".

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh Elijah you do not get me. The female is ultimately my teacher not just my lover or daughter or sister or mother. I am a househusband. I continually learn. But man and woman are not the same. You have to trash that notion. A rock sits next to my computer I think found in Yucatan it is a perfect symbol of yen and yang. Incredible. But a truth.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachri sorry to get back so late. My boy and I went hiking and kept intentionally making wrong turns 3 hours later were home. To much fun and then a water fight to cool down. I wonder what rich people do.

      The facts of Easter are forever interesting. Kind of cool with the moon thing. You are a fine friend and teacher of this student.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 weeks ago from Washington DC

      I believe I understand you now, Eric, it appears you don't equate animal with "having mobile abilities" for the definition that means every being able to remove themselves from one place to another to you. The concept that "man" is superior [although plural including both genders] you don't appear willing to accept other mobile species and man's girl gender as your equal. All I can do is put the water n front of you, to drink it is up to you, after all, "God" said he is "everything and nothing" in his way of speaking and we are supposed to be his sons so we should accept being their equals.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      A nice sermon on Easter and all that associated with it.

      I googled about Easter 2 days back and found some wonderful but amazing things.

      Easter is associated with the first full moon falling after the summer Equinox. It is celebrated on the immediate Sunday of that Full Moon. And, Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. That's why the celebration changes each year.

      Previously, I was in the opinion that First Friday of April is Good Friday and Sunday is the Easter Day.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry Elijah you are still perplexing me. Probably I just disagree. I do not think reference to animals crosses over. If it is too complicated for me to understand it might be that you are the only one who does. I love to over think things. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana I am so with you on that. What fun.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 weeks ago from Washington DC

      You still don't get my point, Eric. Deer's offsprings are fawns and the parents are bucks and does for genders, Chicken's offsprings are betties and the parents are cocks and hens and the list goes on, dear don't have deer and wodeer nor deer and fedeer for deer nor any of the named or unnamed on the list.

      Man [male means the same] have babies, children and prepubescent offsprings and boys and girls for our genders which we use for the other animals when we don't know or remember their gender terms. All boys are dads and all girls with children are moms, so where is your philosophy's mind, my friend, did you chose to ignore its when it comes to man? LOL

      Peace.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela you are so wise. The Bible clearly tells us to not judge in way. Yet I do it to myself.

      I like to say, good friends snap us out of it. I am going to play some yard games. whoohoo! It is warm so water fights. Thank you much.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Nice sermon for Easter. As a kid I loved wearing my Easter dress, and egg hunting. Easter brings back memories and fun childhood memories.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, We all fall short. I think you may judge yourself too harshly. Be good to yourself.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda you would give a chuckle. I am listening to Christmas music. "Drummer Boy" still causes a tear. Of course I just finished "Silent Night". I heard tell that tomorrow is Christmas. Resurrection is always. I need to get a real life.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela I do even think I try. Sometimes maybe and that is fine. I get up and I pray God for love. And I give our Savior my love. How can the rest of the day be empty as God's vessel. Oh you know I fail.

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric I don't think one can "teach" love. It's not something that you do, it's what you are. You demonstrate love in all that you do. Lesson taught.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah you know full well I know my scripture. Quoting it does me no well. You are just out there suggesting that I am not a dad and my wife is not a mother.It makes no logical sense or faith sense.She gave birth.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      We have no young children, so no Easter egg hunt at our house. Easter is a day to celebrate in church for us, and some of the famiy gets together for food and talk.

      I think demonstrating love to your children teaches them love, and it sounds like you do that very well Eric.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Eric, look at Genesis 1:26-28 where both genders of man were produced, as written, male and female ["fe" defined as "price paid" where Jacob worked for two wives and his freedom] that I call boys and girls instead. Now look at the Adam [man] who called what came out of him woman [with "wo" meaning "woven from" and "hu" meaning "hewed from" which means both parties are incomplete] so I use woman and human as something less than man and boys and girls when a gender is needed. So I am NOT talking gender neutrality but we people needing to be "born again", like caterpillars are to become butterflies, to become whole man.

      Look in Genesis 6 at how those Genesis 1 man are called "sons of god" and the descendants of Adam and those who married their ideology are called "daughters of men" as to say men are less than man. Then in verse 4 we see how that marriage produced in both groups the abilities Jesus demonstrated which is what the flood killed out of man-in-mass leaving us woven or hewed from man. Above I explained why I don't use female and male so how am I saying gender neutrality?

      "Think on these things" and see if I'm correct, my brother.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I am having some trouble with your notion of "gender neutrality". You are a man. Are you a women also? To me you are not a woman also. Sure each man should be nurturing like a mom should be. But that does not mean we are a woman. I am a stay at home dad. But I am a dad and teach my son to be a man. I simply will not teach him to be a woman.That is too strange to me.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Bro. Eric, William Bell did a song called "Everyday Will be Like a Holiday When My Baby Gets [or comes] Home" and the day I became spiritually born, 8/6/76, is the day "my baby came home" so I've been on a holiday every since.

      Based on the Adam and Eve metaphor of how this world began, Adam's "baby" (yin or yang) was taken from home (him) and and put into another body. That made us human/woman -incomplete man- and keep us searching outside of ourselves for our "baby" to love. My spiritual birth reversed my search from outside to inward and because I love the part I had missed for what had seemed like forever love oozes out of me into everyone around me. Many reject it because they don't know what's coming at them, others want to be always around it while a small group recognizes me as another human. I can accept that because everything has two parts and a joining point called "the middle path" but once they are integrated within us we are a "neutron".

      Now that I am a neutron everyone recognizes me and are one of the three above.

      It was interesting reading so "don't you stop it, don't you stop, don't stop the music."

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool Bill. Even my Christmas is different so my adult children can go and do what they want and hit me up later. Always a great celebration. What day is made for love?

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      We don't do holidays in our family other than Christmas, and then that's just a big dinner....we have so many reasons for our choice,too many to mention here.

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