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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Love, Peace and War

Updated on November 12, 2017
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

The Tempest Brewing

Man against nature is my favorite war.
Man against nature is my favorite war. | Source

Just Go Along?

Are love and peace the opposite of war? It would seem that with love and peace there would be no war. We think that is correct in the socially interactive world. But can war exist with love and peace. Note that we are not saying that war can co-exist with love and peace.

I met up with a wonderful “big sister” just the other night. And I asked her if she was happy. She looked right at me and said no. Well I suppose that made me a bit sad. Yes the circumstance in which we were together was a death of her real little brother and my honorary brother. But shouldn’t she have been happy to see me anyway? I think that sets a tone for the separation yet synergism between our notions represented by the words “Love”, “Peace” and “War”.

A Letter From Afar

So there I am in a boîte de nuit in Paris in about ’75. And it was an old place. Back then the room was filled with smoke, a favorite drink was Cointreau shots of course “drank” with one’s pinky out. Americans were pretty much tolerated then but seldom welcomed. But not here where I was greeted with fanfare and warm thoughts. Everyone quite older than I. Someone even raised a toast to me. And so I became suspicious. Christian, my French connection ‘-) instructed me to look at the walls of pictures and paintings. Oh My God! World War II pictures of gayety and dancing and seemingly love found right here with GI’s and French gals. There were also some of ragtag yet strong of spirit men, underneath the photos read “La Résistance”.

Happiness existed in the throes of war.

But this is not the war we speak of today. This may be a far fiercer war. The war within.

Back to the big sister. Who by the way is a doctor of psychology. We agreed to disagree. She used the word “content” and I used the words filled with joy no matter. But in both cases we related a peace of mind and spirit. Perhaps mood acceptance. Perhaps acceptance is the answer to all my problems. Or perhaps I delude myself. I do not want to know the difference.

Once I was climbing far far from others. I picked a route. I made a mistake. A large stone gave way under my weight and tons of rocks broke away leaving a shear cliff under me. And as I said I picked a wrong route so there was no way out. I panicked and then found peace as the end was near in this conflict of the canyon and I.

The Finest Conflict Ever Made -- and by the way can that Ginger dance

This Really Is Just In a River Bed.

I just love the conflict of shapes, sizes and colors.
I just love the conflict of shapes, sizes and colors. | Source

War and Peace

My young son was quite curious about dying and heaven. He was asking hard questions about this idea of heaven. Oh boy the “birds and the bees” and the flowers and the trees would be much easier. So I put the task upon him to ask one straight forward question with no gray area. Ask a simple yes or no answer. He asked “where will I go when I die”. Oh thank goodness I thought, he had thrown a soft pitch I could knock out of the park. “Son, you have a soul, and souls don’t live and souls don’t die they are not made of water ‘nor made of sky”. They live on forever they just leave this body and this earth and reach a heaven. Phew crises averted. Not so easy as it never is.

What is Heaven?

So the boy asked what is heaven? And I of course asked him what he thought it was like. “Peace and Love living on the soft clouds”. I had done well to teach him heaven on earth but transferring that to heaven was a leap.

I drew a heavy breath for this was hard. “Son to me, heaven would be a place where obstacles were placed and I could spend my days there trying to overcome them, a kind of war with only striving with no end”. “That is crazy dad, that is not loving and peaceful”. “son for me the trying is the heaven, the walking forward in tough times is what I desire most”. A squeeze of my hand and a heartfelt look, “then I will go with you dad”.

War is not simple. Can Peace and Love be had if it is not strived for and held as the destination that should not be achiever but only yearned for?

Again think of this as not mortal combat. But conflict within. A mastery of self. A place where space has no meaning a positon where time has no bearing. Peace can be a contentment in struggle. Love can be against all odds. It is said that Love and Peace are what we choose and war is what we are challenged by.

Money or Riches?

Do The Clouds War With The Sun?

Conflict?
Conflict? | Source

Give Me A Break, I Find Peace In Conflict

I have been blessed with harsh battles. I have seen the excrement of evil. I have held the tail of the dragon and the tiger. These are metaphors for a life well fought. If the road to good is just a highway we walk down of what value is it? We hope it goes well for you when you lay down your life for another, but we know that is not the point. The point is not the outcome. The point is in the laying down.

If we are dancing through a wonderful field of daisies and find peace, tranquility and are in love how wonderful. But if we are trespassing there as it is not our field we will find trouble. We shall be ousted from that paradise with those we cherish. If we choose to dance in our barren field that has just been planted with seeds of daisies we trample our seeds. It is our need to wait for our moment after the hard work is done and the war of patience is won.

If We Do Not Wage a War Within There Is No Victory

What would it be like to have an angel on both shoulders instead of a devil on one and an angel on the other? Of what type of free will would we suffer. Either do good or do good or do a combination of goods and carry on with no care or effort to defeat evil. There is this great book you should read. It is called the Bible. Now understand that it teaches us much. But about 80% of it is about the waging of conflict/war. Kind of weird as the basic ending tenants we call the New Testament is about love. But even then it is a battle between good and evil.

I shall not send my young son, or my elder son off into the world or school with a notion that all the people are good and follow them anywhere. I shall insist they understand that choices are to be made. I shall instruct that they maintain peace and love yet be ready to do war against wrong.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lawrence that is cool you bring that up. I also like Namaste and Ultreya. Namaste being a swapping of the good and Ultreya a full on encouragement almost like "I will be on your journey with you in my heart, have faith, you can do it and it is worth it. Actually the word trudge is in the notion. But people do not think trudge means to walk with purpose they think it more painful.

      And last but not least is "The Lord be with you" "And with your spirit." Is totally new from the response that was "and with you also"

      Sorry about my rant -- I just love language of heavy duty spiritual stuff. K'é and Aloha to you and your people.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Manatita. I think there is a misconception of sorts. That as we reach a peaceful place within there remains a struggle of sorts in order to grow closer to the light.

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      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      Some hard questions and reflections.

      War and conflict rages within and is an eternal struggle. Perhaps a great resolution to ponder with Love, for 2018.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      7 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      'All it takes for evil to win, is for good men to do nothing'

      Peace and war can be present at the same time, but that's why the Hebrew word 'Shalom' means so much more than just 'peace'

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ann, this is just fantastic; "A war within ourself is necessary to be able to reach a good conclusion; you can't have a conclusion without some sort of choice."

      Thank you so much.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 months ago from SW England

      War against wrong, indeed. We can't just let things be and hope all will sort itself out; we have to make a stand.

      I'm always entertained and delighted by these conversations with your son. He will be a wise young man I think.

      A war within ourself is necessary to be able to reach a good conclusion; you can't have a conclusion without some sort of choice.

      Have a happy week, Eric!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Nikki. I really appreciate it when readers leave a comment.

      I am working more here on the concept of the war between normal and creativity. If we look at it honestly we see that the artist fits our concept of strange.

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      Nikki Khan 

      8 months ago from London

      Great writing,I like your style of getting higher in conflict and then reaching the conclusion so adorably.Its hard to fight wrong, but with firm determination you can.Loved the idea of clouds fighting against sun.Very well explained.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sorry for missing this Manatita. I appreciate your comment. I do not think that aggression should be easily forgiven.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Bill. Oh My!! Can you imagine if any of us could not have differences. Boring. I declare I married my wife and not myself ;-)

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      William Kovacic 

      9 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Some interesting thoughts, Eric. I'm not saying I agree with them all, but nevertheless, interesting. You always have interesting thoughts, and you did a bang-up job of bringing these together, my friend!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Jackie, I read your comment and thought to myself about how blessed we are to contemplate such matters. And how duty bound we are to express them where others cannot.

      Thank you

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      9 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I so agree with your conclusion, Eric. How can we do otherwise for those we love?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you much Chitrangada Sharan. I think also that darkness must befall us. I was in an oncology unit yesterday feeling a little blue about things. Then I saw how much better I was doing than others. Coming out of the blue made the light that much sweeter.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Devika. I am so blessed to have the time to really spend time with him. It is like a whole new world also opens for me.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      9 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful and deep thoughts in your sermon!

      Sometimes the children teach us great lessons of life and that too effortlessly.

      Darkness is also necessary in life. That makes us understand the importance of Light even more.

      Thanks for sharing this though provoking article!

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      Devika Primić 

      9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You share greatly from the hart about your son. It show your love and car for the little one. Lessons learned as always!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Chris that is really cool. In so few short words you paint a picture that I belong in. Forever grateful for knowing you.

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      Chris Mills 

      9 months ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      " If we choose to dance in our barren field that has just been planted with seeds of daisies we trample our seeds. It is our need to wait for our moment after the hard work is done and the war of patience is won." Well said, Eric, and in my experience, true.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora thank you much. I am writing a piece where all it is, is our interchanges. A combination of times but all true. The Boy and I are a little strange.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      This was a philosophy lesson. Right? Simple answers can be boring. You always take the high road and challenge our thinking. That may not seem like love, but it is. Look what a deep thinker your son has become!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Namaste my friend Manatita. In our deep world we can live in harmony and I would hope that that harmony can touch us in our tactile world. The more we can do this the more others will know. And the more peace there will be.

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      Clive Williams 

      9 months ago from Jamaica

      Great Ceremony. I know this helped someone.

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      manatita44 

      9 months ago from london

      Nice ending. The notion of forgiving seventy times seven does not apply to the Seers. In fact, my own Guruji teaches that one is not actually helping God by allowing oneself to be taken to the other world by thugs or bullies or whatever.

      So your advice to your son is great! The other thing is that good and evil, which is in effect Light and darkness, are both necessary. Indeed, darkness is only a lesser form of Light and a great teacher at that.

      It is the nature of Love to be unshakable and would remain so in war as well as Peace. Nice questions by your son.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim I normally use the mantra; Mind off, words off and hand off.

      He asked me yesterday why it was while he was playing outside that it could be cold and he was still hot. The answer had to be "let me know when you have an idea". And that concept goes double when the issue is the spiritual. I am not the director of the play, merely a sounding board.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      9 months ago from Escondido, CA

      I agree with Bill the battle is constant. I always appreciate the lessons learned with your son and sharing his perspective. I respect you allow him to discover for himself in the context of his maturity while you respect his determination. Kudos!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Great stuff Demas.

      For some reason in 12 I always get focused on the anointing with the expensive oil. A kind of challenge between praising and good works. Thank you for that correction - certainly "not achieved" but to strive for.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The battle is constant...within us, outside of us...battle against wrong. I don't think it's a battle we ever completely win, but it's a challenge I'm willing to take on. Peace, brother!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Typo: "... that should not be achiever but only yearned for?"

      From my belief, heaven is dwelling with our Heavenly Father and His son our Lord, and striving with the greatest challenge of all, namely to become like them in an eternal progression. Best of all would be to have our family. including ancestors, there with us and also striving, loving, and at peace while continuing the purpose of our creation. While here in mortality, we can advance that progression by learning humility, obedience, and virtue through our desire, motivation, and service to Christ, to God, and to other mortals. Learning to serve them with love, can give us peace and realization of the promise of being with our Lord as he promised in John Chapter 12.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Linda.

      Wouldn't be cool to face a challenge in full peace. None of that anxiety, or worry or self doubt, just the challenge. And then as you remark, with others.

      You are a lovely soul. I have reason to believe that you always will be.

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      Linda Lum 

      9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I love your concept of Heaven, because I really think I'd get bored simply strumming a harp all day. Our God created us in His own image. We are intelligent, inquisitive beings. I don't see your view, filled with challenge, as a negative thing. Quite the contrary, wouldn't you and Bill and I have a hoot working on something together?

      As for the opposite of love--it is not hatred. The opposite of love is apathy.

      Your little man is a beautiful wonder. You are teaching him well, teaching him to use his mind, his reasoning, to explore and inquire. That is a most beautiful thing.

      Peace be to you and yours.

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