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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Look For The Love Within

Updated on January 27, 2016

I just love this picture of my son.

He just captures me when I am in my right mind
He just captures me when I am in my right mind | Source

That darned love of life - ours

I hope this sermon finds you well. And let me say a bit about that to start. By golly you are lucky to have you with you. I have never met someone that I could not find something to like about. Call me crazy and admittedly to my knowledge I have never met a hardened killer psychopath. But I suppose it has caused me grief and problems but I have always been able to find the good in people and they have generally responded in kind. So I do not say this lightly with over a half century of experience. You are cool and in fact if you dig down a little, no matter the circumstance, I do in fact find you well. In my world it is just the way it is. It just is my world that people are all cool. And so with no flippant perspective I tell you that I love all of you. You can do what you want. I woke up this morning with a choice. I made that choice and I love you. So go crawl away into a damp dark place but I will follow you down there and love you just the same. I could brag for hours about how great my life is. I shall not. But I can tell you that loving everyone works very well for me. There is a Bible verse here, let me see if I can find it in my cobweb mind. Aha, there it is 1 john 4 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Shoot I do not even have to defend my love of you for it is written and written well so even I can understand.

And does not that bring us to you. You pesky little “self doubter”. You with negative thoughts about yourself. I do not even know you but I can love you – how much more so can you knowing all the wonderful things about you that there are. Me, I am crazy but you know you and so should love you.

We talked and decided to walk down a canyon with that storm above us

Yes there was a flash flood and we got lucky.
Yes there was a flash flood and we got lucky. | Source

Just a song my momma loved and my sister sang so well as I was a little one

Please choose with me the good life

Now hold on there is a message here. Don’t ask me what it is ;-) Just a quick word out to my children. I will email this to them so they at least pretend to read it. Parents love your children. They do not act according to your script for them. Thank God! They follow their own path and if we release our need for them to act a certain way we are blessed. If we look at the flower in our garden and demand that it’s petals shoot a certain way and that the color be just so we are disappointed in our garden. If we charge into that garden with the mind of a 6 year old and look for the glory and splendor we find it. Let us old be young and let the young be welcomed in what ever shape they take on. In my rose garden I stopped just the other day while I was trimming. And I noticed a leaf that was somewhat rust and yellow colored and ready to be trimmed. Oh my the colors were outstanding and the dying leaf now sits on my desk as a reminder that beauty is found even in the troubled leafs of our lives. So parents love the bloom that is your child even though that bloom is not what your envisioned.

A word about La La land. We sit hear battling cancer. I say “we” because it is a “we” disease. There is no pretty picture to paint when the Lymphoma grows in your gut. But we can do the same as when I look and envision you. We can see the love and the love tells us to love. So these words I speak to you do not come from a victorious fighter who has won the kingdom. I comes from the beleaguered who is one of you. We do not get to pick easy street and expect peace and abundance. We pick life and that has it’s own deal and it is glorious if we choose to make it so. We so often think that “free will” is the thought of a choice between good and evil. Well it is. But that choice is in the day to day to pick love and not the negative. Join me in choosing our life of abundance in love.

Where does a preacher man get off really liking this song? Go condemn me.

I think we were celebrating my loss of a job

Go figure what is good and what is bad. But you are good!
Go figure what is good and what is bad. But you are good! | Source

A bit about your troubles

They are yours. Others can not own them. Life has battles and I in no way can handle your burdens, only you know them. God bless you. But I can do a funny thing. I can assure you that you are not alone. I have walked that road with pebbles stabbing at my feet with no shoes. It hurts. I have seen others suffer all kinds of suffering. You my friend are not alone. Two ways. What you are feeling is not unique, others have walked that way and secondly you are loved by others. No way is any man or woman alone. Your troubles are shared.

Now you have a problem. Yes we all do. So just for a second lay them right here. It is kind of a strange idea but just put your problem right here and right now. Kind of like an alter. Just lay your problems down for a second, I promise you can come back and get them later. Although together we might just ease them or at least put them into perspective. That cancer deal that we face. I can’t fix it but I can put it down on the alter from time to time and get some reprieve and some vitality. I get it, your problem is bigger and tougher than mine, but give it a shot and lay it down next to mine and let us dance a dance of freedom from our distress. And together we will feel the love baby, just feel it and feel better. Oh yes there is a cool one for this also. Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Cool isn’t it. It is just a nice thought that we are not alone ever, and besides you got me, write a comment of your troubles so we can share and relieve.

What joy there is if we look for it!

Sorry I am all weapy -- let me wrap this up with less syrup

Now lest you think I could write and give a sermon that is all about love. Let me give you some cognitive therapy the Eric Dierker way.

You make me so angry. You sit there or stand there and have negative thoughts about yourself. I will not stand for it. You are special and you have got to get these negative thoughts about yourself out of your head. Those little bastard thoughts just creep in and slow our growth and happiness. “I am not good enough”, “I can’t” – darn it I hate that word “can’t”. How about this one; “she will never like what I do” or “why can’t I do this right” – I am so ugly. Just get that stuff out of your head. You are awesome.

Did you know that 2,000 years ago there walked a man that taught about love. For sure dude he did not have a house. He did not even own a donkey, he had to borrow one for a big party in his honor. I think he wore sandals and he did not get to wash up everyday. And this dude was facing a horrible death but took the time to wash his buddie’s feet and tell them how much he loved them. By golly jingles do not sell yourself short. How about you and I get out of ourselves and just be thankful for what we got.

Do I hear an amen or is that just a backfire on the freeway?


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      That is very cool Lawrence, thank you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Reading this hub I started humming an old tune they used to sing in the trenches in ww1 here's the verse

      "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile.

      Pack up your troubles, smile boys that's the style.

      What's the use of worrying.

      It never was worthwhile!

      So. Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and SMILE ,SMILE, SMILE"

      I'd add "Leave the kit bag with Jesus!"


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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Marlene, I did not touch on the laughing in this one but I sure should have. Life is crazy. Sometimes it does not have to be all deep and serious - it shouldn't. Thank you for visiting.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      Amen! You set things straight about how we should get out of our own way and just love ourselves. Life happens! Yes, it does. Some things just happen because they happen. Sometimes, all we can do is stand up, get a good laugh out of it, deal with it if we can, and then move on to better things.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Dora, we are all uplifted around here. We just cannot help it. Worry just does us no good at all, so we refrain from it. Today was beautiful and no matter the weather tomorrow will be also. Thank you for coming by and letting me know it, it means a whole lot.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, what a beautiful attitude you model here. You show genuine love and care for others; you give what you have. Cancer doesn't like people who keep on living cheerfully as if does not matter. Please keep that in mind. Best to you and your family!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Audrey it is very good to hear from you. I love how you speak of your daddy. We can see where you get your enthusiasm from. I hope you are having a beautiful winter up there. We are at 73 here today.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dana, you can't hide your love - it comes across loud and clear. I am realistic enough to know there is a time for everything. But I also believe that we can make time for everything and loving is one I insist on. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      My daddy was a living example of today's sermon. He found love in everyone. We are each a child of God - made in his image and created from love. How powerful this is. Thank you Eric for this lesson. Spread the love, everyone!

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I love your attitude. I also have a genuine love for people. That's why when I was called into ministry work it didn't surprise me, I have a compassion for people, especially those who are hurting. I know people who are angry and bitter all the time and I feel sorry for them. Love is a medicine that heals and brings peace to your mind. I wish everyone could heal themselves with the medicine of love.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby there is a gentile combination of prayer and love that just sends miracles coursing through our lives. This latest bout with cancer that I am having is what I would call receding. The nodes are seemingly getting smaller. The only "medicine" has been love and prayers. I took a keen interest in eating like I love myself and I am sure that matters. I do not know. But I believe and my oncologist says he cannot explain it. So we are increasing our daily doses of hugs and sweet talk and prayer, and leaving the rest up to God. I am not done investigating this love quotient, I never will be but I can practice it along the way.

      Can you believe my son is just getting more adorable by the day. Our Asian family calls him little Buddha and his Vietnamese name is My San for American Saint. Live is good here and I thank you for joining us.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Our minister was on vacation a couple weeks ago and we had a minister fill in, his name was lenny. I didn't know him, but he told about a time when he had an accident and suffered two tears in his rotator cuff. He said that he couldn't raise his arm above his waist. He went to church on a Wednesday night for bible study, a man was there and suggested they have a healing service. ( This was a Methodist church. ) He said they laid hands on him and he could raise his hand above his head, he went back to the doctor and there were no tears. I was amazed at his story, and I believed him totally. In the past I have been a skeptic of hands on healing, esp. on TV. now I say that God can do all things if we believe and have faith. I love your choice of videos. I love John's Imagine and I think your son is so adorable. Thank you for this. I'm learning to love myself more as I travel this journey of life. I have not done that very much in the past, but it's people like you who spread love freely that helps skeptics like me. Thank you...

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Denise I definitely had you article fresh in mind when I wrote this. Back in '95 when I had stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma and a death sentence it sure threw me for a loop along with my family but it sure is great to be a survivor. Congratulations to you two!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill, whenever you learned you sure live it and that is wonderful and inspiring. Thanks for being you.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks, Eric! I needed this! I don't know if you wrote it in response to my article on self-doubt, or if we just had the same idea at the same time. No matter, like you said, " is found even in the troubled leafs of our lives." My husband survived cancer. It threw us for a loop, as I was just starting graduate school at the time, but we made it through. It has been over ten years, and we are still kicking! Thanks for sharing the love!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's the best picture of your wife I've seen so have a lovely family, Eric.

      Nine years ago...that's when I learned the lesson of this sermon. It's made all the difference.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan. I do not want anyone to be in a space where they are in need of the love, but if you are it sure makes me happy to be sending some. Walking the walk of life definitely has some tough periods but you and I both know they are needed. Perhaps we need them to get closer to God.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Word, I like cool. In fact it makes me happy that cool still means cool. I am blessed with a wonderful family.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda you are in my prayers. That time between blood work up and tests and appointments is a tough period to go through. For me the key is focus. I just focus on the love and then the fear and doubt subsides. Having that loving relationship with your God will see you through.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      An excellent Sermon and I do not have any hesitation in saying that I needed this today. Thanks for providing that healing touch and reassurance that everything will be fine. We just have to believe in 'Him' and believe in ourselves. 'He' loves all his children alike and we must love ourselves and each other.

      We must treat the difficult times as part of life and wait patiently for the dark clouds to clear. There is always Sunshine after the night.

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub full of wisdom!

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      Al Wordlaw 

      2 years ago from Chicago

      This hub displayed a lot of coolness. That's the way to do it Eric, with coolness. Very nice family too and thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Eric, I can only think that it is by God's grace that you wrote this today. I needed this. An ultrasound found something suspect today. Now I play the waiting game--biopsies are in the near future.

      I know that God has a plan for me, and I know that I am loved by Him. I know that others love me too. My only angst right now is thinking of what my illness will do to my loved ones.

      Thank you for reminding me that I am loved--by those here and by my Creator, and that He has everything, even that angst, in His hands and will take care of it.


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