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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; On Hallowed Ground

Updated on February 4, 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.

Perhaps There Is Always a Time To Move On

Moving day.
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A Flood Of People

There are two things that we must do on a regular basis. First or all we must walk in nature. Without this connection, we simply lose our grounding on earth. I am trying to figure out how often Christ prayed in the wilderness compared to “temples”. Hands down from Gesthamane to the mount he was a nature freak. Right on I say! When I was preaching to youths we sat and stood and lounged under a huge Norfolk Pine. Sorry to say we got a little dirty in our Sunday best. Now the second is unto it. We must help those less fortunate. End of story on both. Without these connections we lose our humanity. We must count gardening and farming – and maybe even cooking with love among the connections.

So on either occasion I have fed two birds with one hand. The homeless that live in my rural canyons where I hike to get some real dirt under my feet and track. Well we bring blankets and water. It is so cool because the blankets are very cheap at our local Amvets store – helps them help them. The Bodega loves to give me four gallons for 2 bucks.

But last afternoon I walked/hiked down my closest canyon. And I saw it, all of it. It had been a month since I went down this trail. I have been hiking this canyon since 2010. And I just love it.

(Backround. We have in our city two real problems lately with regard to homeless. Hepatitis and Tuberculosis. TB is not spoken because it is too scary for the public. And truly because the “no vaccination people” are politically strong. No vaccine for TB – well any contact and you are screwed. The Hep has killed 100 people and counting. So the city was awesome in response. Those Porta Potties that have hand washing built in – a bunch of them. Then a few million bucks on those tent things that can keep warm and cleaning and food stuffs. They are nowhere near full, 100’s of open beds. So many of these folks came out to the canyons in our county. Refugees in a microcosm. Just a rebellion against the “Man”. No rules.)

The influx of newbies overwhelmed my canyon. Even some of the previous tenants moved further out from the big city. No that is not in any census. It is my own census knowing folks from old Jesus to teenager Laura Lee. They are just overwhelmed from the services here and the canyon housing problem.

Where?

Where?

Let us keep our heads up!
Let us keep our heads up! | Source

Let Us Keep Looking

These new folks have no sense of the canyon. They do not get the synergism between Sheriff Deputies and folks who have lived in my canyon for 10 years. They do not get the cooperation between us “Friends of Quarry Canyon” and them. My boy and I were going to go down to our strange picnic area – an old fallen down Eucalyptus tree this weekend but not now.

The influx of heretofore city street dwellers has destroyed our canyon. They cannot or will not or know not how to live with nature rather than city streets. In the city they have places to defecate and can throw their garbage anywhere and it will be cleaned up. City people. Our little canyon simply cannot withstand the ecological impact of fifty more people who do not get the symbiotic balance. The balance not only ecological but also social.

Two fires and mounds of garbage. A smell of crap in some areas. It is unsustainable. Old Joe told me his buddy GI Joe (no relations except brothers in life) got stabbed and they put him in a shopping cart to the road and called 911 and then scattered as a knife wound looks for perps. It is so sad. So the influx of refugees by choice make the residents move out.

So now where do we leave the blankets and water? Friends of the canyon cannot remove this huge new problem with garbage – Hep and TB? The county is out spraying disinfectant by need but it also hurts our canyon.

So for the sake of our residents I will suit up, boot up and show up at our government meetings. Can you imagine I want them to roust them all. This sounds horrible. But our “normal” residents will wait. Then they will come back after the transients flee back to the city. Isn’t that just horrible? We must use a scorched earth policy to return our canyon to a proper homeostasis. Senator Thomas the Doubter agreed as I met him yesterday in front of the Bodega. Maybe he has seen it all in the canyon for the last 15 years, a representative of the people he is. Such a sad and mean consequence of the overwhelming city refugees.

They have been given proper city safe zones but they flee into a land that they seemingly cannot assimilate or adopt local custom to be sustainable.

Flowers

We keep gardening we will have a garden.
We keep gardening we will have a garden. | Source

The Jungle Must Be Carried For Lest We Lose the Lion

Sometimes Love Really is Tough Love, Sorry

No! we make no comparisons on a political basis. We make a comparison to nature. My wonderful Berekely graduate daughter has a degree in “Society and the Environment” and I will ask for her input. But I just cannot expose others to the risk of serious illness by cleaning the canyon. Or even walking through it. There is even a bike and horse trail therein. I tracked hard but found no tracks that survived or later were laid down after our last rain.

This is an aside. My state has done a remarkable job in outlawing disposable grocery bags. In just 6 months the difference is wonderful and worthy. The problem that we address here is poo. They used those bags to crap into and then carry out. Unintended consequences.

Hazmat? And the stream/creek that runs through it goes to very well used parks.

So for some our recent all excited public NFL players taking a knee is crazy. I just stop and remember that I kneel in church. I kneel before my God. And I take a knee and sift dirt and smell and look for signs of nature when I track. (yesterday I tracked a horse and large dog for over half a mile) That God sent here as a Mother of Nature is our lifeblood. My reverence for this earth has filled my heart with love and eyes with crying eyes in admiration and homage. And yet I know I must place Man above nature and children of God.

But here the fifty destroyed what was for thirty. I cannot fix it. So yesterday I dropped to my knees and prayed for the return of Hawk, Eagle and Falcon to our canyon. And then sadly came home to tell my son that the canyon has been taken.

If our sense of priorities is compromised so that we sit idly by when bad happens and then we get all excited about a raise in wages or our home being worth 3 times the mortgage. And we fail to get excited by either the blessings on another or hardship on another. Numb is not good. Apathy is the number one killer of souls.

I think that maybe today we should all set our sights on caring, then let the chips fall as they may.

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      Eric Dierker 13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank. I am working on this issue.

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      Frank Atanacio 13 days ago from Shelton

      this was indeed a peaceful sermon .. enjoyable and a pleasure to read my friend :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jackie. It is special to me to have friends of half a decade come by and let me know.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      Love the videos and flower light. Great article subject.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 2 weeks ago from Washington DC

      We are saying the same thing, Eric, I live and breath it but government nor corporations DO NOT (yelling it).

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah, I must be the I within me and know it and breathe it. I must refuse to allow "what is" to cripple my, "what can be". Each denial is a new direction but there is no direction for my soul.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harish, I went to the council today that oversees such property and I was shunned, given forms and shewed away. Months will pass.

      So we are called to marshal forces individually.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 2 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Harish, Try telling that to the government, via a petition as the Constitution allows, and corporations, they are worst that what Eric described.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 weeks ago from India, New Delhi

      Mother Nature is bountiful , but we are shameless. Care of the environment must remain a top priority, and no one should be allowed to mess with it. Right sermon to the humanity.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A meet with the assistant to our Chairperson of our County Board of Supervisors, tomorrow.

      I need money to do surveys and project costs of reparations.

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      Kari Poulsen 2 weeks ago from Ohio

      Reading this makes me so sad for you. It seems like an impossible situation. I have to agree that city people do not know what to do in the county. I'm praying for you.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah you have me working on a new one. Something along the lines of tracking, walking without foot print and the correlations with societal man,

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We definitely pray Bronwen. Tomorrow I attend the County Board of Supervisors Meeting. Not on agenda - first step is to lobby and put forth a plan and then adapt that plan based on input. So as to get on agenda next week.

      But we remember "man plans and God laughs". But that cannot deter us from trying.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 2 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Eric, since I have come to realize "the path least traveled" is, at most, traveled only by 10% of the earth's man population, no, I can not imagine everyone taking that path.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 weeks ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eric, this sad state of affairs seems to be endemic in so many countries around the world. We see it in our streets in our own towns and on the TV news from far away that so often we fail to respond in any way, yet, if we can do nothing else, we can pray for these people to our Father, God.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting Elijah. I don't I have ever spent time in nature where it was not better when I left. I think it was a standard set for us Order of The Arrow youth.

      You made me giggle a bit reminding me of the great naturalist who coined the "take the road less traveled" can you imagine if everyone today made their own path?

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Happy. I don't really get it about garbage in this circumstance. It is more of a FU to others.

      I have always thought of love of nature as an essential part of mind, body and soul. Variations for sure but with out it at all leaves a void in our heart where evil is welcome.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda, it is very sad. And it is one of those sads that saps our strength rather than urge us to action.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 2 weeks ago from Washington DC

      The "Rainbow Family of Living Light" have gather annually in national forests for weeks and when we left it often times it looked better than what was there before. If I don't attend this year it will be 20 years since I've been to one.

      During the years I gathered with them there was always a fight with some city dwelling "houseless", since earth is my "home", people who didn't want to follow the path of interconnectedness of man to the earth. I'm not surprised that that happened in your cannon because of city people are so disconnected from the earth. We see the Whales and other sea life protesting man's ignorance of what is required to sustain "Our Mother The Earth" by beaching themselves but our eyes blinded by money dependance sees nothing but "The American Dream" that in itself say we are sleepwalking.

      The only thing we can do is school others one by one to the interconnectedness of man and the environment, only those who are able to make it their educating project will be "saved" when these last about 10 years are complete.

      That was not a pretty sermon but the result of living civilized rather than "blessed" I defend as "being less than civilized" as Adam and Eve were before beginning civilization.

      Aloha Brother.

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      Mr. Happy 2 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      "We must help those less fortunate." - That's on the importance of Compassion. I see a hub coming on that lol

      "cooking with love" - I love cooking. It's therapeutic for me and when people often ask me what the ingredients I use, for a certain recipe, I always tell them: "... and love." If You love what You are doing, in general, things turn out much better.

      "In the city they have places to defecate and can throw their garbage anywhere and it will be cleaned up." - I get pretty frustrated when I go on common trails through the Forest and I find cigarette buts. I mean, who do people who throw cigarette buts think will clean those up after them? Will the squirrels just go on a cleaning spree, on a Sunday morning? Frustrating ... to say the very least.

      "So yesterday I dropped to my knees and prayed for the return of Hawk, Eagle and Falcon to our canyon." - May Wakan Tanka hear your prayer. Da-na'-ho-we-yo.

      "Numb is not good. Apathy is the number one killer of souls." - Agreed. Hence, I value my Anger. When directed properly It can do marvellous things.

      Thank You for your writing Amigo. All the very best to You!

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      Linda Lum 2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, this is such a sad story, and unfortunately, it is being told in every large city in this nation. There is no easy answer. Here in the Pacific NW, there are no longer simply homeless encampments. Tents and tarps are visible along the freeways and even on sidewalks. There is no sanitation and needles are a serious problem. What has changed in the past 2 years?

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill in fact that ground is the proper notion of Hallowed. I had to research it a bit because I think religionists have high jacked it. Lincoln used it at Gettysburg and Rugby has it.

      And here is a good one the word and thought of All Hallows Eve ends up in Halloween.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Is it wrong to call the ground Bev walks on Hallowed Ground? That's how I feel, so I'll go with it. :)

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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      Much needed! What's called for are beacons of Light and not mental PHd's. Good on ya!

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita there is such great news. My young is in public school here. And they are full teaching caring for others. Do not get me wrong the 3 R's are pounded. But awareness of both problems and solutions are taught as young as 2nd year.

      And the cool thing is that I have a say in where money goes. I will take up the mantle of Chairman again next year.

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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      Food for thought and great reflections here. What to do? We need the basic empathy which comes with Love; the decency that I once learnt at school and the sense of right and justice for our fellow beings! Alas!

      I'm not a pessimist and so we shall overcome, some day. Come! Sweet Jesus, dance in the Hearts of those responsible, so that others can feel their goodness and Light. Amen.

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