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Eric's Sunday Sermon; I Need A Little Help From My Friends

Updated on May 20, 2018
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Out of Style

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Let Us Just Play And See What Happens

I got nothing. Sometimes my little very tiny pea brain overwhelms my spirituality. And sometimes I reckon that should be “spiritualism”. Like I say, I got nothing. But if you know my sermons you know that I quite often start out slow and easy and then get hard by the end. I am letting you in on the process that can only be considered mystical.

I hope that you all spend time doing good hobbies and activities and I pray you have rewarding work. I am most assuredly a freak in such matters. I garden and I hike all by myself. I sit down and read folks like Hume and Descartes and Socrates and Cicero. Sun Yat-sen and Buddha get my attention from time to time. I read from my favorite teacher every day before meditation and prayer that would be Jesus. One of my other favorites is from a guy from around where grew up; “I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes.” If you ever hung out throwing Pinon pinecones at you buddies you might get that.

This whole love thing is a Holy Mystery to me. It over takes me with no effort I my part. Well maybe an effort to let go with the old noggin. But how hard is that. Excuse me if it is hard for you. Weeding my rose garden is about all I need, or better yet swimming in the ocean with my two boys, or maybe catching a hawk on the wing on a hike. The best “let go” might be my wife and son playing together when I get the concept of just watching. Like I say, this whole love thing has me baffled.

Back in a half a decade ago I walked a fine line with the head preacher where I preached. They have a Book of Common Prayer, and/or a Missal. That is where the readings for the day come from. Generally a 3 or 2 year cycle. Check it out, a lot of preachers use the same sermon every few years. Hilarious to me. So the head guy would go hard core on fire and brimstone. I figured that was enough. So I went all lovey dovey. Preaching to 60+ was good but I did youth mainly. They got the smack down stuff because their parents would do it. So there was my job. Teach that admonition was love. Even if the admonisher had some cruel notion as to how to do it. Accept perceived fault and love. Heck I could not teach them how to do that, but maybe my buddy Jesus could. So we checked out what He said.

She Lightens My Load

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I Played Some Mean Pool With This Fellow

Maybe

Sunshine on My Face

Today I will go and work with my buddy on his converted mobile home rig putting up siding. Did I tell you that when I was a wee five my grandpa taught me how to hold boards. Oh yes baby I can hold a board being cut or nailed better than any man alive. Yesterday my buddy rubbed the black stain stuff on my head, laughing that he was covering up my baldness. So I did the under the eyes and camouflage stuff to look like an army ranger on a parachute jump. Like I say, I do not get love, but my buddy and I communicated with love. Too much fun and a really artistic and practical siding. Ah sure my buddy is a great artist and musician. A best friend until death. We have bailed each other out of so many nasty jams. As we hike backcountry sometimes a jam is life threatening. So there is much trust there.

Excuse for not saying so but my buddy is my elder son. He is the son of a dawg but I love him.

I was thinking on it, which is dangerous for me, and I was trying to not care about what others thought. Maybe malaise or maybe apathy. I was clearing my mind of co-dependency. I was doing the whole deep breathing thing and removing floating thoughts through my mind. “Screw it I can’t do it”.

Now you might want to turn the channel here as some disturbing adult content is on its way. I call bull! I am indeed responsible for the happiness and joy of those whom I come in contact with. It makes no sense. A preacher, a psychologist, a therapist and a psychiatrist will explain that I am nuts. A simple man cannot be responsible for how others feel. Heck I even teach my young son that feelings are never right or wrong and to own his own. I would never ever tell him not to cry. If that is how he feels, well to hell with my notions. OK, maybe a little in sports ;-)

But I have every right to walk into a store and cheer up a clerk having a bad day. Oops, did I say a “right”. Well slap me silly and ground me for a week. I have a duty to help that clerk. I do not have a right to cheer up my wife after her long day of work. I have an obligation to do so.

Peace Be With You

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I Know The Colorado (red) river, And the Hanoi Red River, But This One May Be The Sadist

I Always Wonder If This Day Will Be Better Than Tomorrow

Well I have this constant battle with Christians that speak of rebuking and correcting. And I do not do this fear thing of God. (Ok “fear” in an archaic sense of respect, but the “I am afraid” stuff is weak, love does not do afraid)

“How you doing today?” Well if the answer is negative Mr. Eric Dierker needs to turn that around. Yes I need to get in their face. Maybe that is that whole Christian “rebuking” deal. Once again it is a Holy mystery to this philosopher preacher. Feel free to fix me up and straighten me out. In the mean time I will hold and pet puppy dogs and kiss children and do the hug and smile deal. Shucks I just apologized to some dandelions for yanking them up from around my roses. How rude!

I have/get to go now and do some dusting of all things. Yes they need to be cleaned, but I could give a rat’s patootie. (we used to say that all the time but it really means your gal) Let me give you my list. Three portraits of Christ, the cliché’ one, the Ascension and the Last Supper. Too many of my children to count. The most beautiful gal ever, my wife on our wedding day. A wood carved Buddha that I think is illegal due to the wood used. Grandmas and Grandpas. As I think back on that, they were all best friends. Some diplomas, about 200 books from Plato to Clive Cussler. I washed my 15 year old car and floors yesterday. Just check that out! Have you ever met a richer man? Well I have not. Just you work on it and you can have all that someday ;-) I did not even mention my oh so soft bed and my gardens, not to mention good shoes and clothes (Maybe not the clothes so much – but I like them)

Do I have one single right to not give blankets and water to homeless? Oh yes I started giving baby wipes of all things. They just love them.

Do I have one single right not to write about love and happiness and forgiveness. What so freely given to me will be lost without passing on the love.

Like I have said, I do not get it. No, no no, I get love from all but that is a Holy mystery to me. You probably deserve it. Maybe I do to, but I am happy just to go along and believe it is just something given and maybe I don’t know if I “deserve it”. Go blast that “less than love” out of the water.

Maybe I had something after all. At least I feel better after writing it down. I hope you got a blessing from it.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Frank I am working on a piece about a very bad couple, or maybe they are just like us.

      But was looking up the real of the gal back in '70's. Well the "Harper Valley PTA" and Helen Reddy with "I am Woman".

      Well I love our ladies and thank God for them. I could not write if not for my wives, daughters and a couple of moms, not to mention my 3 sisters and several fiances.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 months ago from Shelton

      Once again.. a wonderful hub came out of that pea size brain? I look forward to these types of Hub my friend.. as always...awesome..I don't find it to be ramblings of sort.. not too lengthy or confusing and very consequential.... So I disagree with Denise saying ramblings when it is not... I think

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Denise you get this as mom. He is playing poopoo games for points. He is the funniest boy I ever did meet. But he is so funny he breaks my resolve. Soccer next and excuses later.

      Now he has a pickle that does not want to take a bath. Lordy have mercy.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      6 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Eric, you indeed bless our lives with your ramblings! I love hearing about your family and your adventures with them. May you be blessed as your continue your mortal sojourn with all of its ups and downs!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Clive I like your style. I may not hire you for preaching but I would want you there on a nasty hike.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Loannis, we have some issues around here. My head in the clouds and a dusted with love does not translate into "real" life. Well I am sorry. I act all crazy and do love. A very old judge and who was my Godfather and first employer in his garden told me; "Eric just do what you think might be pleasing to God and let the chips fall where they land". They have fallen on hard ground, but here I am.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mary, tonight I went my normal routine. Rice and beef, cabbage and celery mixed into a salad with tomato. Some pork ribs after a healthy dose of raspberry. And we kicked something with some "organic low sugar ice cream" mixed with Greek yogurt for desert.

      My boy's servings were huge - he is growing again. Mine are tiny servings as my gut may grow again.

      So we eat with love. How about we just settle down and do all things in love? Works for me and mine.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Venkatachari you basically have me down to a T. I have a lot to fuss about but I do not. I have folks in business that want me to jump in. I do some ghost writing for attorneys. Things like law and motion briefs and appellate briefs. I win them. Heck if you have been studying the stuff for a bit of a half a century you get good.

      But the gals and dogs hire me to do emotion. They just cannot do it.

      My eight year old keeps me fresh on love and my wife keeps me fresh on practical. Go figure.

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      Clive Williams 

      6 months ago from Jamaica

      Nice Sermon Eric

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      6 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      You are rich my brother because you can see His Love in everything and you share it! Many blessings to you for opening your world of Love to us!

      I believe Jesus was the person with the best sense of humour, and you are a true disciple!

      " I do not have a right to cheer up my wife after her long day of work. I have an obligation to do so."

      I loved it!

      Sean

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      Mary Norton 

      6 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I believe that God, because he is Love, will always give love no matter whether we deserve it or not. This is also how we should be but it is easier said than done. I am happy that you do. Yes, appreciate what we have and share.

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      Venkatachari M 

      6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very beautiful sharing of your thoughts and feelings through this Sunday Sermon. You enjoy every inch of life and love through all those daily chores of life. I am also habituated like this. But, I do not have any physical contacts or communications around me except some occasional visits to my elder brother's house and their children. Here, I am myself, my computer, phone, and my single unmarried son. My other son lives in Bangalore and calls once in a week. He is also unmarried. I spend half-time at the computer and the other half for household duties and prayer, meditation, etc. (excluding sleeping time 11 pm to 6 am). And, I feel happy with whatever I do like you thanking God for all of it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hey thanks Manatita. I was getting into a slump of serious. I know better. I think I need to play today.

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      I agree. You may know I joke a lot and Guruji had a series called Humour, my only Saviour.

      Somehow being like children takes away the cobwebs and helps our interior Castle.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Manatita thank you for coming by and relating some good or great things in life. Here is a good one to tuck away because it just has to remind you of Chimnoy; “I joked about every prominent man in my lifetime, but I never met one I didn't like.” That is from Will Rogers.

      I have still to meet a child that could not find something to like about me.

      Do not ever again apologize for a single word you utter.

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      So right about beauty! I see it now in so many things and especially the children here in Kenya.

      A waiter came up to me yesterday and said the most amazing things. He had been watching me ... how I interacted with the children ... the cleaners ... the cooks... he said that some Kenyans look down on their own people. He was so pleased with me!

      Yesterday I looked at the Royal Wedding. Not my usual. However, it touched me from beginning to end and the black American Bishop was so inspirational! I was truly moved!

      Pardon me for taking up so much space here. Hope you are well. Stay well, my Brother.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Now my understanding of Swendenborg's theology which regrettably is at least a decade old is about this notion that we get some good stuff in the second coming unless we choose to go to Hell. I kind of like that and get it. We can be wrongful if we so chose.

      I am just such a guy that thinks that focusing on the wrong gets us thinking wrong.

      I think I heard once about this Riel fellow and I think that was the first defense of a man through inability to understand the charges.

      There are two such defenses I think. One is not understanding right from wrong and the other one a compulsion to do wrong. McMillian defense or something.

      Brian I mean no negative by this and only humility, you are far smarter than I.

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      Brian Leekley 

      6 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Decades ago, before I knew her, when my wife was a UCC minister in rural SD, she left hell out of her sermons and emphasized love and such, and her parishioners liked her sermons and didn't complain about--or seem to notice--the omissions.

      One time I skimmed a book about Swendenborg's theology. He said people in Hell are there by completely free choice, attracted there by like-minded people. That's one explanation as to how a loving God and Hell can co-exist.

      "Red River Valley" was originally set in the valley of the Red River that flows from south of Fargo to north of Winnipeg. Folklorist Edith Fowke thought it to be about one of the soldiers sent in 1870 to Manitoba to subdue a Metis rebellion led by Louis Riel and the local woman whom the soldier romanced and left behind.

      Riel is one of my heroes. His trial for treason (for a later Metis rebellion) was one of the most dramatic and poignant ever, as his lawyers tried to prove he was crazy and he tried to demonstrate that he was sane and that his cause was just.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I reckon Manatita you are just my personal Yogi. I know for a fact you are in that Kenyan land to bring joy to others.

      I think that true beauty is within and shied thereby with out.

      You make me happy. What a gift.

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      Haha.

      About the happiness. You do and you don't. Personal effort and God's Grace are twins, until we are at the level to realise that even personal effort comes from Grace.

      I'm still in Kenya. Doing well. Another 6 weeks to go. Peace.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Larry my good friend, I think I am getting a notion that when we are loved it is because we loved. Maybe it is just done vibe unconscious way.

      I didn't know you before, but you have shown love to me, so maybe that is why I love you. Questions, questions and more questions.

      I figure you and I will just love and be loved totally regardless of understanding.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hi Manatita. I was horsing around and remembering my four trips to London. I remembered this funny song "London Homesick Blues". It is just a silly Country song.

      Well I hope you are home safe. And thank you for bringing your trip to Africa to us.

      I am thinking that I got nothing to do with my being my happy. Hmm, don't know.

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      Larry W Fish 

      6 months ago from Raleigh

      Eric, you always have a way of making my feel better. I have those down days like anyone else. However, I get love from all sides, my family, my friends, people I don't even know. I can not imagine a world without love. I have a dream that someday there will be no more hate, now wars, no racism, no homeless, just love!

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      You're not doing bad. Inspirational musings and I really do love the flower. So much Light! Have a great Sunday.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ann you are a constant reminder of good. One of my friends let me know that I was publishing a lot lately. I was down about 1 mile out of touch for a bit and just wrote down some thoughts.

      This one did not get finished. I was sitting under a shade rock with my feet in the mighty Colorado and that old river reminded me that I really do not have answers. A humbling place down there in the Grand Canyon.

      Brimstone did not get me this far along, love did.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda here is just a fact that is part of my life. I have read the Bible cover to cover at least 5 times. I spent some time trying to read the Latin and Greek versions. I have ten different Bible versions in my "office". My little Gabe asks me about Dinosaurs and rocks and I better be right in my answers. But when he asks me why Jesus got mad and turned over some tables I had better be spot on.

      I spend a lot of time on this stuff, I mean a lot.

      I just cannot get it all in. So that hardcore Old Testament stuff is something I just don't have time for. Just plain old to busy with the love.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      I love reading your thoughts as they spill out onto the 'paper'.

      There is a chain of thought there (just!) and it does make sense. As I've mentioned before, the fire and brimstone thing is not at all my scene, in fact it put me off years ago. Love is always the answer - and I don't understand it either. All I know is that it's so good when you get and even better when you can give it.

      Thanks for a great sermon today, Eric!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Louise I thank you very much. Do not tell anyone but I enjoy them too. Both the writing of them and looking what was done without a lot of help from me.

      I did quite a bit of Mathematics in college. My profs said it was required to understand logic. I guess it never really took as my writing is purely emotional.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, the 'fire and brimstone' doesn't work for me, never did and never will. That isn't the God of love who sacrificed his only son for you and me and the rest of this miserable world. There is no bigger love than that, although the love that you share is pretty darned close. My goodness, the love and happy oozes out of your writing. I am so glad that I know you. Each sermon sets my sails on the proper course.

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      Louise Powles 

      6 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I always look forward to reading your Sunday services, Eric. Thankyou for another wonderful service. It's lovely that your son is such a wonderful buddy.

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