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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Gossip

Updated on August 25, 2019

Brothers of Different Mothers

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Talk About Me

Now clearly that title of gossip is inspired in part by the iconic song by Creedence. But it brings us to a lesson about gossip I hope we can learn together here. Gossip is not wrong as gossip. I love it when folks gossip about me. Bring on the gossip. It means that by gossip I matter.

Those there folks think I am important enough to gossip about. Now gossip means to have; casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true. (You know that is off the stuff that comes up first when asking for a definition)

Oh my have I been fodder for gossip. Just fairly recently I was a very handsome buffed out dude and preacher man and Sunday school teacher. Those ladies in the third row would have their day with me. Blue haired, white haired and wigs. Spinsters, and widows. Can you imagine a married man like that with a beautiful wife? A little past half his age as an immigrant.

Fast forward to the PTA and an elder gentlemen with a 7 year old son on the council of the school. Oh Lordy have mercy when his 40 year old wife looking 30 came around dressed to the nine’s. Is there anything better to gossip about?

And never forget about a family of origin having 6 kids and their spouses and a second marriage of their youngest to a gal he met in Saigon.

Fast forward again and a 17 year marriage with a child and all that stuff like a big house and two cars and a garage stuffed with cool stuff. And add to that a husband who makes a living at home writing and a househusband. The family gossip is off the charts.

Now I count my lucky stars they talk more about me than anyone else. I could go on and on but you get the point. And now that crazy thing called Facebook. Throw in some cancer and an older life of globetrotting. Heck if you do not gossip about me you need to check your gossip meter.

Go ahead and laugh and tell your spouse about this crazy old man that acts 30 and wastes his doctorate away with happiness and love that is suspicious in authenticity. Oops you would be gossiping.

I Am No Longer A Wanderer

Don't Get It

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I ain't Got No Soul

Now the Bible in Proverbs really gets down on gossip, like it will send you to hell. Yikes!! Gossip is like a sin? I am not buying that rap. You flatter me by gossiping about me. Truth be damned. Oh heck tell lies. Oh heck tell rumors. Right on for your group. I am having fun and a big old love fest. I go up and hug one of those old gals with blue hair and they are all the twitter. And so much more to gossip about. I would much rather that they gossip than sitting around watching TV which they gossip about too.

I am real and I am worth gossiping about. My wife loves it. She catches some and relates it and we laugh to hard. We are best friends and lovers. We are commited and know each other’s sins. Tell truth that my wife and son gossip about me being a strange person. And even our little family of five gossip about each other.

Now neighbors are so cool. My wife and I have Asian, Irish and Italian in our blood. We do not yell and scream, we yell and scream real loud. It might only be about spending our pennies on something. But that is us. My young son laughs too hard. But we leave windows and door open. Deary me the neighbors love it.

In my previous life with my now ex-wife we lived in a small place with stairs to the Pacific ocean surrounded by multi-million dollar homes. Because of our location in spite of our small place the land was worth over a million bucks. But the Sheriff would drop by to check on us in the beginning. Three kids and yelling and screaming. Neighbors were concerned. But my kids would run out and hug the deputies as I taught them great respect for the lawmen. Later on they would turn their lights on and come in for coffee. What great food for gossip. They just loved our view and my astoundingly beautiful wife who flirted. Can you imagine what the neighbors thought?

I litigated tough cases. Like murder charges. I usually got horrible people off or to lesser charges. What a rascal I was with respect from some and hate from others. Around the local bars you could see the stares and nasty nods. What fun it was as my buddies would laugh at me. Great stuff for professional gossip.

A Great

Sorry to Gloat, But No Seflies on a Beach.

Too much fun around here. Although My knee From Soccer Hurts.

So we get to love. Now because someone says something auspicious of you, you still must love them. The best thing in the world is to walk up to someone talking smack about you and hugging them. Do not worry they will just think you are drunk no matter how sober you are. But if someone likes to gossip they are not loved enough. Probably they have contempt in their heart. Just think how sad that is.

These folks need more love than you or I. And we can give it to them.

Like this. If you are living life so fully that there is cause to talk about you, you are on a pedestal of envy. We must think of that. People who gossip need our attention and our good graces. If you have the time and energy to gossip you do not have a full life yourself. You and I should not have time to gossip. Although I think it is fun to gossip, it is very low on my schedule of loving life. I sympathize and empathize with gossipers.

My all happy friends and I hug in both senses of the verb. We just get happy being with each other. But we might gossip.

Somewhere it is written that our greatest teacher dropped in on some men who were going to stone a lady to death. He spoke to them that whoever was without their own sin should cast the first stone. By golly jingles they all walked away. Gossip is fun for shucks and giggles but no more.

Did I just gossip about hypocrites? And yet I am one. Sit around that table and gossip I say. I hope it is about me. What greater compliment is there? But be aware I will come over and give you a hug and lift your spirit. My gossip is that you need some love. And I act on it. You need some loving if you gossip.

Someone hates me and speaks maliciously about me. I need to find that SOB and give him a hug. From my perspective that is not a choice but a command of my life. I would even hope that you do hate this sermon. But let me know so I can hug you. I will respect you and I will love you. That is my calling. Judging your gossip is not my calling. Loving you is. Laugh and talk about me. I would appreciate it and love you for it. Now go and gossip about yourself, I will listen in love.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Devika, my friend my 30 plus daughter is in town after being in my home town with about 10 family members. Oh boy are we going to gossip at the beach today. I am quite sure that I will write at least 3 snail mails today to catch up. Gossiping with handwritten letters is a blast.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Gossip causes bad friendships and makes good friends. In the small community where I live gossip is everything to the bring people and don't bother me. You made gossip feel good here.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dana, I think there were seven family members on a recent trip together. My elder son said that I was great fodder for gossip. Dying and all that stuff and being crazy makes me a great subject. But I still athletic taped my feet tonight and danced like nobody's. My ankle and hip hurt like hell. They say I try to act 18.Now that is all to the good. Let her go! Is what we say to horses. Same with folk I do garner.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      People have always gossiped about me and I couldn't figure out why? My life is so nondescript it's unbelievable yet, I have been the topic of many busybodies conversation.

      It used to bother me but now I'm older and much wiser I have no problem telling them to stop worrying about me and get their own house in order.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hey Lori do not tell anyone "but" my neighbor was gossiping about neighbor Steve. OK I admit it, Steve is a really grumpy old man. But not to worry I help him on his walks sometimes (that is the guise but I really like walking and talking with oldies) And I tell him straight up that he is a grumpy old man and that everybody says so.

      Now gossiping about someone with that someone seems OK.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      James thank you much for your comment. After writing this I had to go to the store. Now I know there is much ado about "fake" news these days. But there is a section of printed material that is strictly gossip. That is a trip.

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      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from United States

      Psst, Eric, the gossipers have such boring miserable lives they've got to find someone unique and spicy to talk about or they'll fall asleep or cry in their pampers. I love that you get us all thinking.

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      2 years ago

      You got it right, gossipers gossip because they feel unloved. If someone doesn't love self they're not going to feel anyone else loves them. People don't know it but they tell on themselves when they gossip. They tell all who's listening how insecure they are and how insecure the target of their gossip makes them feel.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby if there was a sin (other than some) that I was not committing I reckon I would be dead. Today I just cannot squeeze in enough fun.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda I really did spend some time after your comment. There is no rule against doing happy gossip - from what I can tell, good gossip includes the subject in the conversation. My wife is notorious at doing it about her and my son's godfather the preacher. But she does it loud from a pew. Too much laughter. What is church for anyway.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sean please excuse me. I was talking about you today to a buddy. And told him to read some of your stuff. I told him that you were almost as crazy as me and sent him to read your "conversations" with Manatita.

      He called back and said that you were no way as crazy as me.

      See we gossip around here!

      Let us make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. I got plans on that.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Howdy Tim, I hope all is well. Hey I had to go to the Doctor today so he could tell me I am doing just fine. But by the time it gets around my elder siblings there will be talk of eminent death!! hihihi

      All my children's teachers and I have a pact. "You don't believe what they say about me and I won't believe what they say about you" LOL

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a joyful sermon. It made me lol... It reminded me of a very large lady saying that smoking was a sin, not a word about gluttony!

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I love that you can even turn gossip into a positive. I think gossip is a sin if it is offered to hurt. Saying something kind and positive about someone--I don't see how that can be a bad thing.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      My brother, Eric, I bow to the majesty of your Heart! This text is one of the best teachings about the "turning the other cheek" command, I've ever read! Thank you from my Heart! I love you, and I hug you!

      Love is my arrow of Light!


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      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Often, my wife and I joke that if our dogs could talk, they would brag and gossip about us until they have to howl in joy, Eric. Gossip can wear down the soul, and I avoid it. As you point out: If you are busy loving others, there's little time left to speak bad of others. Great article. Thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Bill, and you too.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love makes my world go round, buddy, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Have a love-filled week ahead, buddy, one day at a time.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      John like your most recent article you make me giggle. I say "give me the scoop". I have a sister who knows everything about our large family. Sometimes it gets me to write off a letter. Yes I am a strange one who still writes hand written letters. Other times it is just hilarious.

      I enjoy calling up a person and saying "I heard you were....".

      I also love it when she tells me "she said that he said that B said that you said".

      "If we ain't loving life we must be dead already".

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela you got me to look up several definitions of gossip. My learned decision is that gossip can be positive. I never thought about that, thank you.

      Instead of shunning gossip, maybe we should join the fray and interject positive. That is way cool. Again thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Flourish. I hit me that here at HP there may be some gossip.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Ok hands up ..I admit to engaging in gossip occasionally, but never nasty stuff. If I meet someone I haven't seen in a while. or from where I used to live, the first thing we often say is.."Give me the goss", or "what's the goss?" Good sermon, excellent message as always.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Liz I thank you. I was born illegitimate in a town of 12 thousand. I was adopted which did not keep me from being a bastard.

      My broken up face and hands attest to gossip. Fair enough I figure. They never ever brought me down.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I do not like gossip Eric. If it is negative gossip does it now hurt me? Saying something nice about someone is probably not gossip, but I don't know. As always, you make me think. I do think you have a great attitude about gossip.

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      2 years ago from USA

      It takes great patience and love to be so oblivious. I admire you.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Ypu give an interesting perspective on gossip. Living in an English village, we have a phrase 'it's village gossip'. This means that people like to know and talk about others in a smaller community like a village. Word spreads quickly.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sorry for the late, but my car went down. The starter. After 1600 miles I felt bad for her. But how fun to ride in the tow truck and then have coffee with my mobile mechanic. Mexican and Vietnamese they were. How fun again to practice my languages.

      Ho hum I figure. Just another great day on our "ranch" of sorts.


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