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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Joy, Gratefulness and Love vs. Happy, thankful and love.

Updated on December 27, 2015

Explain "haze" to a child. Then explain clarity. One cannot exist without the contrast of the other.

Somewhere South of Utah, kind of North of Arizona and a bit from Colorado. Maybe the middle of nowhere. I have been there and it was where to me.
Somewhere South of Utah, kind of North of Arizona and a bit from Colorado. Maybe the middle of nowhere. I have been there and it was where to me. | Source

Let go and go with me!

I know a man who has clinical depression. Bummer to the max. But this guy has joy, gratefulness and Love. He has all the signs and symptoms of depression except those cliche' problems of moroseness and sadness with a healthy dose of melancholy. His situation and condition stink to high heavens. He lacks happiness, love and thankfulness.

I know a man with cancer. He has all the symptoms of being very sick with aches and pains and worry and distress. He finds little happiness, thankfulness or love. But he has no real problems because he has Joy, gratefulness and Love.

There are places in this world that you should not go to. One such place is an enclave in the Sudan -- do they still call in that? Another is a dump outside of one of the Largest cities in the world, Mexico city. Some 200,000 live there. There is a "ghetto" outside of Bombay -- do they still call it that? And there is a dark side to Saigon where rats compete to eat the dogs; do they still call it Saigon? Some names change but cities do not. There is no happiness in these places but in years of travel we have found that hate is a sometimes thing but Love, Gratefulness and Joy are constants even in the worst of circumstances.

Just who the hell am I to despair!!?? One time in the Mexico City dump I held a baby who died in my arms. No more life and no more suffering. Sadness engulfed but hope was not lost and there was a gratefulness born that the child would be immediately taken up. My faith waned. Good for me, for I am blessed. Good for me for I suffered and have never felt the same happiness in life.

My wife was born 1974 in Saigon. My God but she is beautiful. Born in Hell yet Hell bent for peace.

If I feel know more -- render what is me unto God. Mine to live in fullness not in less than communion.

Sorry I just plugged into John Cougar Mellenkamp: Do they still call him that?

Excuse me, do you have issues. "Dang it" things you do? Boy O' Boyo I got some issues. And I do not always laugh at something funny. But my spiritual part is not bankrupt. It is a begging to be happy but a longing to be Loved.

Find the love and find the good stuff.

That stuff is too heavy. Let us revisit later. I will just add on here. What if there is a difference between Love and love, between happiness and Joy, between thankfulness and gratefulness? Rest with sugar plum fairies.

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      Susan Britton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you @Ericdierker. Life is fun as long as we don't forget that:)

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Susan, I really appreciate comments, they are the salary to my happiness. You clearly are someone who finds joy in what they do from writing to fishing and all those wonderful recipes.

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      Susan Britton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love to read your up lifting words. There is a difference between In Love and love. Love will carry you threw any hardships we endure. Good read thank you @Ericdierker

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence, I am very fortunate to have that joy in my life most of the time. We get some mighty big bumps in the road that throw us for loops but we always manage to come back to a state of joy.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      I'm glad that there are times when 'Joy' and 'Happiness' part company for a while. Times when the proverbial hits the fan and splatters everywhere, yet in the midst we can still have a peace that even we'll say afterwards "Where in God's name did that come from?"

      Thats the kind of 'Joy' that really counts!

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank we are insisting on a good New Year here, whether we are having one or not. It is attitude not circumstance. Thank you for coming by and commenting.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, I am sorry I did not catch this earlier; Yes we still call you guys Chulajuanese although it is probably illegal ;-)

      Were you talking about Bombay and Saigon? Oh boy am I being politically incorrect. But us hicks from Sprung Valley get that way.

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      Eric I know I am late for this sermon.. but I still enjoying reading what you're saying.. bless you and happy new year!!!

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      Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

      Nothing like images of burning villages for breakfast. Good thing we bombed those rice farmers into submission before they could undermine American democracy. The good news is that after all that fighting they are our friends again, even though we don't deserve it. As always, your wisdom comes through your humble way of expressing it - for every reader, whether they live in Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City, or good old Chula-juana like me. Wait - do they still call it that? Wonderful hub.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Peace be upon you during this renewal time of year Deborah

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      Deborah Demander 23 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Interesting article.

      And the greatest of these is love.

      Thanks for writing.

      Namaste

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ChitrangadaSharan Thank you for reading and commenting. Indeed we all can experience that Joy.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      You made the differences quite clear. Excellent and insightful hub. Joy can be felt from within and those who believe in 'him' do experience it.

      Wish you a Very Happy New Year and stay blessed!

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Devika

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      All my best to you for 2016. A great idea for a hub.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dianna, thank you for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. That joy concept is a nice thing to pay attention to.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari, it does seem strange that both cultures would only use the one word for such different concepts. I think I will look into it further.

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      Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

      Thanks for putting things into perspective as we head into the New Year. Joy comes from within and it can carry you through the worst of times. God bless you and have a wonderful New Years!

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I am unable to figure it out. The same word of 'love' is used to refer to both types. We use the word 'prem' which means love. The same 'prem' is used to refer to love for God or God's love towards mankind and for referring to the romantic love between man and woman.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for pointing that out. I don't know how I missed Ruby's wonderful comment. It certainly brings much to this hub. Amazement and closeness to God are great and meaningful areas to examine and be reminded of. Thank you Ruby.

      Venkatachari that strange difference between just plain being in Love as opposed to what we mean when we say "falling in love" is hard to talk about without words like Agape and romantic. Perhaps in your native tongue you also have different words to describe the difference. I would like to know what they are.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great hub once again. I can differentiate between joy and happiness, thankfulness and gratefulness. But this thing is new - Love and love which I have seen here. Good differentiation between these two. Thanks for the revelations.

      BTW, if you don't mind, I think you might have missed one nice comment from Ruby 'always exploring' at the top.

      Wish you a Happy new Year.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise, I have just gotten to the point where the pain is bearable if I turn toward God. If we focus on the pain -- it is too much,,, if we focus completely on God, it is too much. I like the second too much. It works for us.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, I beg of thee, just give me some first names to pray for in this time of need. I truly do believe that God hears our prayers. Let us help in that way.

      Dear God lift up the children, let them be insulated from the pain. Hold them in such a way that their dreams and desires outshine their tragedy. And let us never forget the mom who is gone from us.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu, today I count my blessings to have others. Other whatevers. We are just plain blessed to have each other.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ms. Dora, take me out back and whip my behind if I fail one day to be grateful today. I don't get folk with the most having issues. My wife and I just laughed on the phone about finances. Medical bills have been a drain. Maybe they kept us from getting something that would have killed us. I like God's plan. I have not a clue what it is but it is working for us.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carb Diva, It brings us some relief to know that in times of issues, we can remain constant in positiveness of life. We truly believe that some problems in life are there to let others no that their's can be overcome.

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      Denise W Anderson 23 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I think we all have issues! No matter who we are or where we come from, we have hangups that get it our way. I heard a speaker say once that everyone has pain. We cannot go through life without it! I grew up in a family where life was pain. Thankfully, I have been able to find happiness in spite of it! It looks like you have, too!

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      Dana Tate 23 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      My baby cousins mother just died of a heart attack at the age of 41. She lived life to the fullest in her short years on earth.

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      whonunuwho 23 months ago from United States

      Nice work my friend and great message of hope. whonu

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      Dora Weithers 23 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I just listened to a preacher today who said that negative situations in our lives are subject to change. I believe that man with cancer heard the same sermon or may have preached it himself. Gratitude for present blessings always opens up the window for more.

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      Linda Lum 23 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - That man with clinical depression and cancer is an amazing person--someone full of peace and joy and always ready with a kind word. I wish you peace my friend and a blessed New Year.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I have never been unhappy or joyless when acting in love toward my fellow or our natural world. Love is the bottom line.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy New Year Eric! I have a full-time job, and that job is trying to be the best person I can be through acts of love. All the other stuff is window dressing, and I'm not one to do much shopping. :)

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Reynold, I think we are going to have a great near future. And I wish for you the same.

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      Reynold Jay 23 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Happy new year! Wishing you the very best for the upcoming year. Great thoughts once again!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I went to church today and Minister Dave spoke of amazement. He asked, Are you sill amazed at anything? Or are you so hum drum that nothing you see amazes you? He then spoke of going to see Star Wars on Saturday and he was amazed at the technology. He then spoke of the fishermen who were unable to catch any fish and Jesus told them to cast their nets and they caught two boats full of fish and they were amazed. I liked his quote, " If you are not as close to God as you used to be, who moved? Joy and happiness my friend.