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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Me Too

Updated on June 11, 2017

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A Look at the 2's

The word too is a marvelous word. And we must always be careful not to confuse it with two or to. “The boy was too young” got past my spell/grammar computer check. ‘The boy was to young’ did not get past my computer check as a little blue line rebuked me. Although as is often the case with the 2’s you notice just that, the line is blue instead of red. Red of course meaning misspelling. Notice I used 2’s as a representative of all four.

I too have too little time on my hands to worry about those two. (Commas?)

Well what does all this have to do with my sermon which is past due? The word has two meanings that are relevant to faith and love. In addition too, as in also and exceedingly as in inordinately. Are you living in love? I am too. I have too much love. And we notice that we somehow normally think of “too” in the second sense as more than a good amount but in love there is no such thing so it means a whole bunch.

Me too. And that sounds awkward and probably not a full sentence. But we like the notion of the also when speaking in love. It reminds us that we all have some love in our hearts and there is always another out there and we are connected in that love like a ‘me too’.

Personally I have a problem with ‘very’ and ‘too’ as I use them more than I should. But what am I supposed to do when someone recognizes me and compliments me. Those two acts done in love really make my day and lift me up. So a simple thank you will not do and a thank you much is weak so it just must be a thank you very much. Very is just like too in that sense. And thanks is really too little because we must meet the love with a compliment back so I say ‘you are too kind’. And I mean it. And I do not think that is too over the top.

I reckon that is enough on the 2’s.

Elvis, thank you!

The Face of Love

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Too Little Contact With Others

There was a man who was a hermit and lived out in the woods in a small cabin. He had a horse, two cows, some chickens, two dogs and three goats. He had a productive garden and a small clear stream. He would hunt once a year for meat along with a chicken from time to time. There was no other human for 100 miles. He was not damaged in some way that made him run from society. Rather he ran to his nature.

So we ask if this man can truly be loving another. Does it take proximity? Does it require reciprocation? And can loving nature be enough?

I believe that these are questions to ponder. It would seem that any answer would begin “to me”. For can one man judge another man’s love? How about someone answers “he is too alone to love anyone”. For me there is no notion of proximity in love. If God is love then love is omnipresent and omnipotent and alpha and omega. So if our hermit loves his mother then his being out there too far away means nothing.

And this little story brings home another point too. Are our dead loved ones too far away for us to love? And the reverse are we too far away to be loved by those who have passed? Of course I would say, no way.

Perhaps finding all the love one needs, in nature, is not too crazy of a notion. It has been my long held belief that stewardship of our earth is a two way street of love. It is the joy of being asked for help with the joy of giving it. Yes indeed we ask nature for help and she asks us for help in return. It works for me and I work for it.

In the balance I would say that the hermit has too much alone and too little together.

“Me too, me too, I want some!” For some reason that phrase always makes me smile. That exuberant desire to be included. So often when we hear young people say that the desire for ‘some’ is far surpassed by the desire to be a part of whatever is going on. And for most of us that desire even runs too far as we will compromise ourselves in order to be that ‘part of’.

Bringing all that back to the hermit. Perhaps in nature we are never called upon to compromise beliefs and morals and values or even love. And yet in society we are even called upon to compromise nature. I think that for most of us if we are thoughtful we can find a balance without too much of anything. Perhaps through prayer and supplication the hermit might help another, but I do not think that cuts the cake all by itself.

In my thought and belief we have no choice but to actually interact and help others. Isolation, which I love dearly, is self-interest. Monks on mountain tops do not do the love thing for me. Self-righteous self-interest is at play. We think of Mother Theresa. Sure we can just feel the love, but we can really feel it when it is combined with direct action to help another.

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Let It Overflow

Open expressing of our love for our fellow man can be too much. We note that this is not to say that we can have too much love in our hearts. Many a thinker has concluded that that which comes from our mouth is what over flows from our hearts. Probably foul vulgarity suggest something dark going on inside of us. Lifting another up probably suggest an abundance of love. I like that concept because it takes the “watch your mouth” out of the equation and creates the notion of “watch your heart”.

It is interesting to note that many people cry when being hit with too much love. It is kind of a cool thing. The welling up of the “emotion” of love. We put that in quotes because we recognize that our emotions of love are just a tiny bit of love as love is much larger than just how we feel. Here is one for nature as I cannot watch a small child playing and laughing with puppies without crying tears of love and happiness.

And so we wonder about too much love. If you are just in a state of bliss and feeling like anything is possible and you share that with a minister they will say you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Tell that to a shrink and they will declare you manic and medicate you so you are more “normal”. That bulletproof euphoria when “in” too much love, is not necessarily something we need to make too social. Maybe at that point we need to take a page from the hermit. Nature seems to like giddiness, whereas bosses generally do not.

So we thought it would be fun to look at “too much” and love. I hope all the too talk was not too much.

(For our grammar and punctuation experts – leave a note about the use of single and double quotation marks, I think I stretched the rules a bit here)

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      Bill Holland 6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I was just about to shut down for the day and head out into the garden and you popped up.

      Love without actions . . . kind of an empty thing, that! Talking without walking . . . kind of an empty thing, that! If you talk love you gotta walk it, or it falls on a barren land, never to be fully appreciated.

      But then, what do I really know, buddy?

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Funny about that Bill for us writers. In fact our words are our actions. If we uplift, motivate, teach and share loving words that others can get or even pass along that is faith in love with works.

      But oh no to all you writers out there. That ain't enough.

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      Lori Colbo 6 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      "I'm going to go out on a limb and say two times that too many people think love is a passive emotion of fond affection. Again, too many people think love is a passive emotion of fond affection. Jesus made it abundantly clear that love is an action; in fact the whole Bible makes it clear. Being kind, encouraging, providing needs for those unfortunate, obedience to God, etc.

      If any grammar Nazi's stop by and comment negatively, calm them by saying "There, their, they're." :)

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      Linda Lum 6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I thought this sermon was wonderful, but then you saved perhaps the best part for your comment to Bill "for writers, our words ARE our actions." Our words are what we think, and feel and breathe.

      Too much love? I don't know how that could be possible. (But don't confuse love with obsession).

      Can a hermit love? He loves his surroundings, he loves his Creator (I hope); he may hold love in his heart for memories from his childhood.

      Being solitary does not take us away from love. Love is in our hearts. My brother lost the love of his life last September 11. They were married for 66 years. Has his love for her ceased? Not in the least. He is alone, but she is in his heart. And he loves.

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      John Hansen 6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this sermon, Eric, and I love all the comments from your wonderful followers, too(2, to). I am certainly no grammar nazi that's for sure. Following on from Bill's comment. We need to think of love as seeds and always carry a packet in our pocket..scattering them wherever we go. That way love will spring up in abundance, flowering and then going to seed to be spread even further.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, I believe you are so right. After publishing this I read James. His basic theme is where we get "faith without works is dead". Of course for me that faith comes from receiving and returning that fantastic love of from God.

      And I appreciate you taking the time to act in love and lift me up.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda thank you for you very insightful comment. Perhaps that hermit fulfills the actions of love by loving the earth a little extra for all of us. I was working out front with my roses and a neighbor thanked me for them as he loves to see them. So that makes me think taking care of nature is an act of love for all.

      For sure you and I have the same thoughts when it comes to proximity for love. Distance is no obstacle.

      I for sure suffer from obsession love with my wife. I have to be careful not to smother.

      Some call me crazy but I do not in any way think that death causes love to stop in either direction.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So cool John! A packet of seeds is just perfect. And if we take it literally it shows us how our hermit loves by co-existing with nature and leaving a tiny "footprint" and better yet "spreads the seeds". (I better stop there as I feel a whole sermon coming on regarding the sewing of seeds per Mt. 13;-)

      Wow John I have the best writing buddies in the whole world!!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      "We can really feel it [the love] when it is combined with direct action to help another." Amen to that. This is my take away for today and my thought for the week. Thank you.

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      Harish Mamgain 6 weeks ago from India

      Eric, I read and reread this sermon thrice. What I make out at last is that no matter who we are, we must have this spark of love in our heart.

      I love your citing the example of kids showing great joy while playing with puppies. We assume it as love inspite of the fact that kids are not aware of love. I've read somewhere else that when we are really in love , we are, in fact, not aware of it at all.

      You mentioned Mother Teressa and hinted at the importance of acting upon love ourselves. That is the real thing that we must engage ourselves with. I also love the take and give theory you gave emphasis to.

      Eric, you are a great exponent of love, and which is so badly needed in this very disturbed world. Thankyou for this very thoughtful sermon. I loved going through it.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks for the thought provoking article Eric. Frankly, I did 'too much' pondering about 'too much love'. Kinda' mind blowing . . .

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, my little family of 3 adult children, their mom of course, 5 of my siblings and my young wife and young son are doing a love fest at the moment. Cards, email, messages, invitations and sharing. The synergy is incredible. We can, if we choose, spend our days lifting each other up. I am not a "good" brother but my brother just called me to lift me up and congratulate me for my children come Father's day.

      We can choose to love and act accordingly and in the Beatitudes which I studied today, I found no restriction to not love today and have that hurt us in the joyous reunion with God.

      Do not take this as trite or a word to say, but I love you Dora and always will.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harish your comment is timely to me and needed. I have been working, nay enjoying trying to catch that love like a butterfly (which I would never ever trap) It just bounces around and I ask my young son. How do you feel after we play hard at backyard competitive ball play? And he just always smiles and says I love it. But it is made abundantly clear that is it is us doing it together.

      Soccer is tough. And laying down slurping organic lemonade afterword is heaven. This love fest of I love you and I love what you feel is a synergy of love that knows no bounds.

      Holding hands with a seven year old after competition is like the sauce on meat.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim my wife tells me it is my Jesus lead guidance that puts us over the top on love. I do not know such things. I know that you lift me up and somehow that lifts my loved one up. Let us keep this energy of loving each other.

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      Clive Williams 6 weeks ago from Nibiru

      mmmm....i never wonder about too much love. i just give it

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Indeed you do Clive, indeed you do.

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      Nadine May 6 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Great post Eric. love is omnipresent and omnipotent and alpha and omega. It's the energy of creation and nothing is outside of it.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nadine you speak truth as I understand truth. I rest well with such notions.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Just a note I pondered about 'too' and paid attention when using it yesterday with my journaling and hubs on the back burner I worked on because of this article. It is a powerful word.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Tim that makes my day. And a special happy Flag Day to you.

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      manatita44 5 weeks ago from london

      Some aspects of your work reminded me of the monkey story: See no evil, hear no evil, do no evil. Sight, hearing and deeds. The concept of the Sanyassin is purity in thoughts, words and deeds, including the dream state. Some similarity there.

      Nice work on this Omnipresence thing, I mean, love is everywhere right, and so it should reach our folks in heaven. Cool.

      Yes, Love in my experience can bring tears, but joyful tears. The Heart feels it in an all-embracing way, and sends it out to others. About monks on hill-tops or wherever, it becomes rather a matter of embodying the Light, like say, Christ or Krishna.

      Few have this gift, but the Yogi (Rishi) feels this so powerfully, that he/she can transmit it from wherever they are, be it in the maddening crowd or in a cave on the Himalayas. 'Too much Love' eh? Interesting one.

      P.S. Guruji once said that simply by running in America, we can affect the souls in Africa. Deep for some, but yes, we are all just one big mass of omnipresent energy or Spirit (Consciousness)

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Man, I love to hike and I do. The other day I did a 9 mile in 3 hours with a 30 pound pack. A strange thing happened. Each of my adult children thousands of miles apart wrote me that they felt energized for some reason.

      I do not know. But it was an eery coincidence.

      I like my buddy Doubting Thomas. He had to feel the Lord to accept him. And Jesus did not rebuke but simply suggested that those who believe without proof get "there" a lot faster.

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      manatita44 5 weeks ago from london

      Yes, there is and will always be room for new or different thoughts. It need not even be new, just another way of looking at the elephant. Your children's story resonates in different ways with many.

      Some think of phoning their loved ones in Australia, are about to pick up the phone when it rings, only to announce their loved ones calling. The mystic side of life is never straight forward, but seeing us as one connected whole, (energy) can help it to make sense. Praise be!!

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Man. in my 40's my dad got all connected. He reached out to me to work on some really cool big pharma issues with the UN. I got him involved with the governance we have here called ICAAN. So cool, when he died. He was just more with me. I reckon a lessening of bondage.

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