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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Our “Station” in Life

Updated on February 10, 2019
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A life long pursuit and the results. Doctorates and experience sometimes do not mean much. Just listening is my expertise.

Never Cold in My Home

The inside is warm
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I Like My Station

Station is a really cool word. Of course there are other words akin to it like stationary. And Stationed. “Stationed” is special because the “ed” at the end does not necessarily mean past tense but it can. Estación. Stazione. Σταθμός. Those are Spanish, Italian and Greek. If you ask me that is special because in my limited way I think they could be said the same.

Historically it would seem that there were station wagons. These were wagons to go get people and stuff down at a railroad or “Stage Coach” place of embarkation or disembarkation. (getting on or off) Stage was really the name to the wagon attached to horses to go overland with folks and things. But obviously the station wagon was stationary to a station.

See what I told you, “station” is a great word. Divert for a moment rather than stationed. Stanchion is a thing of some sort to hold something stationary. Boats and flag poles have them. A “place holder” even for sheep’s heads.

This old fellow grew up in a place called Flagstaff. So stanchion means something special. And on the same token our real connection to the outside world was our train station. The route 66 came along and we had two routes from our town.

My dad was kind of lucky in World War Two. He had “four eyes”. An old term for someone with spectacles – glasses for the eyes, not being a spectacle. He was set to be stationed on a war ship in the Pacific but in the beginning of the war, folks with poor eyesight were rejected for active combat duty. So dad got “stationed” as a “general’s physician”. He actually spent most of his time in the Navy Polo team. Funny but hobnobbing with those kind of folks increased his station in life.

Our son is quite the 3rd grader. Top scores. His current station in life puts him ahead of others. We went to a birthday party yesterday and my station there is quite weird. I am older than most grandparents. Hispanics have children at a very young age. A cultural thing that works well.

So we come to ask about what we are holding in place or stationary. Are we a blank piece of stationary or is our life being written thereon?

I Am But A Pebble That Loves To Be Held

I Figure Standing Tall Would Be Good. Don't Know

Keep Me Humble Oh Lord
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Dropped Hard But Getting Up

Someone who wants to create something cannot remain stationary. They have to get up and shake the booty and take some steps and make it happen. Now do not get me wrong here as I often plop my booty down and just create in my nonstationary head. You can too. It is acceptable ;-) But if I do not break from stationary I get fat and out of shape.

We were speaking of this “station” notion the other day. And my young son proclaimed that I was stationed in my chair. How rude and yet how correct. I station myself for meditation, reading and prayer. Just comfortable habitual stations that get me into a mindset that allows me to get into a groove. (is it PC to say groove and groovy – my boy said it was ok, I like boss instead of bitchin also and that is approved also) Some of my retro stations in life are now back in the hip.

There are two issues here that you are already ahead of me on. The first is “stagnant”. Mosquitos thrive in stagnant water but to age a fine wine it must remain stagnant in a barrel of some sort. Someone told me once that love can go all stagnant. I reject that idea. I think it was an excuse to break vows. How can you wake up in the morning and not suck into to your self the blessing of a new day?

When in the old days a stage coach would get to a station it generally meant the passengers and driver and “shotgun” could wash up, eat up and rest up. Yes there was generally a front bench gunslinger with a rifle like a shotgun. But truth be told they were mostly “Porters”, that term meant more of a valet back in those days and then put onto train travel. And contrary to movies, normally a Black man of bravery. They also helped tend to the accompanying work livestock. Now if you never rode shotgun on a 6 horse team put that one as something to do. I even got to drive out Santa Fe way. They say a car has so much “horsepower” it comes from that. When you hold the reigns it obviously is a million horse power ;-)

Silly me one more time going off the reservation of normal thought. That term “Off the Reservation” actually has important historical significance, especially where and who I grew up with.

Cold And Hard

Got Hurt Crossing This.
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My Mom's Favorite Song. She Would Rock Me To It

Be A Stanchion Por Favor

Finally after all my heretofore mental and verbal machinations we get to have fun in the “sermon”. Sermon really just means deep oration of some kind of important spiritual or moral thing. Churches stole it to mean preaching. I do not cotton word usurpation. But alas I must somewhat capitulate in order to communicate. My son loves it when he says “WHAT?”, dad you are talking all crazy again. How fun is that. But a strange fact there, he likes to read my sermons. Now that is strange for his young station in life. Better we read Jodah in poetry, Billybuc in literacy and Carb Diva in our favorite things. I have a client who insists I do not mix up pronouns, adverbs, nouns, adjectives and flopping antecedents with proverbs so flippantly. But he keeps coming back for more. I reckon that is my station.

But what about your station?

My station is exactly what it is not to be “socially”. People look at me funny. They assume I am my son’s grandpa. They kind of talk to themselves when I say I am a stay at home father and writer. What do any of those things mean. My wife is closer to my eldest daughter’s age than mine. I gave up commodities trading, Trial Lawyer, and GIS and Preaching. Life in my world is a station more like the Hotel California than real.

I was looking up the understanding of the word “Hotel” and a Grammerly ad came on. I suppose that makes cents. (yes cents is right) In my station of life I cannot imagine a machine telling me what to write. We all know that how we speak is a reflection – nay truth of how we think. Someone speaks for me?

Hell cometh when the brain cannot associate with others. If love is not your default station in life then I propose that hell on earth is. I get tired and rest. My children think it not the best. Push the envelope I taught them. They toss it back with a high amen. These family friends of mine. They insist I do not go down into my mind. Bad lurks on every trail. But love is there never to fail.

My station in life was a God thought. Damaged at birth. Two months in the hospital. My first mom had to give me up. Back in them there olden days being a bastard illegitimate boy was really not so alright. My station was not good. It could not make it so I was not seriously beat upon. My station was bad. I beat the odds.

My station is what it should me. I do not ask God to change it. I like this station on the road it helps me drop my sometimes heavy load. I love being the “driver” on my station bound stage coach wagon.

Thank you friend, Stand By Me


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mel what the heck. They look almost like a mix between a chickadee and a sparrow. Tiny, just one knuckle bigger than my Humming birds. Not shy in the slightest. Great morning voices. Hop right down into my weed space.

      My son is calling me imbecilic for not knowing their name.

      Dear Abby please help.

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      Mel Carriere 

      7 months ago from San Diego California

      I'm still right here Eric, making a comeback on Hub Pages. My train got derailed at the station but the last six months I've been building up a head of steam. Missed the fellowship and, to be perfectly honest, for the year or so I idled I was still making some bucks so I thought what the heck, there are worse kinds of work.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mel it is real good to hear from you. Do me a big favor and tell me where you are stationed these days for writing.

      And please call in sick and stay off the roads - San Die"gons" are scary drivers in the rain.

      And mine is a Bully Pulpit.

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      Mel Carriere 

      7 months ago from San Diego California

      Pleased you are still stationed at your hub pages Pulpit. The moral I take away from this is that if you can't be at the station you love love the station you're at. That's an old hippie song I think. Great stuff as always. It feels real.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dianna thank you. I often wonder how those experiences fit into the big picture. The best I can figure love is the reason. I think maybe it is a debt I owe. Not in a bad way. More like allowance of giving.

      Life Love is so Grand.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 months ago

      You beat the odds indeed! Your story is inspiring for those who need to know life may be hard but your attitude and determination changes it for the better. Great song "Like a Rock" -- very appropriate for your article.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora, don't do tell nobody but I spent time today on knees crying away. How can a man be so blessed. I figure I will stub my toe and rethink. My team is listening to Amore by Martin.

      Wake me up!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      No matter the composition of your family, you seemed to have settled into the most appropriate station for you. Here on HP, you also have a unique station. Methinks you're in a good place and offering a very skilled performance.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dana, thank you for your wonderful comment. It adds so much to the presentation.

      On Saturday my station in our home got notched down a bit. Brutal words spoken. Today we are on a good track.

      I reckon the RR station sees trains seesfolks off the track and some onto it.

      Love keeps our station good at least. I am the conductor and my lady the station master.

      Love sets all things on track.

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      Dana Tate 

      7 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I have learned to become comfortable with my "station" in life. I used to hate it until I realized how short our life span is, and how my energy would be better wasted on working on my character instead.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Fantastic Linda. I grew up smelling desert dirt. That probably is as strange as it could be to most.

      Your comment is great about water. I like the term "the water of one's soul"

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      Linda Lum 

      7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, you have taught me something. I was aware of that amazing "smell" in the air when you know that rain is approaching but did not know that it has a name. Rain is not just water. It is a life-giving element with life and spirit. We can smell its nearness, we can see its arrival, and we can feel its approach in our skin.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim thank you. We just did reading on Nez Pierce and Cherokee. Our native American Culture is ingrained yet we are not. We just hiked and for the first time on his own pulled up dirt to smell what was near. "rain" was his decision. Petrichor it is called. And so we learn.

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric,

      Loved the sermon. I cherish my station in life and thank you for a positive and potent reminder of the different meanings of the word.

      Much respecct and admiration,


    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda, we are having trouble this holiday day with no school. Our fort was attacked. We defended it with all we had. Then I was turned into the enemy I had eight balls to attack, the battle was brutal. The fort held up but me not so well.

      Mashed potatoes for "Linner". Let us see how he does.

      Hiking the "hill" now.

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      Linda Lum 

      7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Very reflective today my friend. Like Pamela, I am content with my station in life, but I do not want to remain stationary. I want to continue to grow and learn and love.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill I love you buddy now deal with the elements. Remember to look up to the sky in weather. Cleanse it will do.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Gotta run, buddy! We have some weather problems I need to deal with. Have a great day!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela you are the best. I just read your kindness and support and know that today will be great as we are stationed together.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      John I had forgotten that history of yours. I can't help it. Trains are romantic to me. Please tell us a story or 45 about working there. I even think people act differently at train stations. Just me I suppose.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You wrote a great sermon based on one key word - station. I am fairly happy with my station in life other than some physical complaints. I dearly love my family and staying home as a Grandma is just fine. I trust God and am at peace, which sounds like your station in life as you described it. I loved all 3 songs today as well.

      Have a great week Eric.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Station is a good word that has a number of meanings. It is particularly relevant to me as I worked as a clerk in the Railways and was often "stationed" at Railway stations selling tickets, balancing the books etc. I worked under the jurisdiction of a "Station" Master.

      Excellent messages in this sermon and the accompanying music is great.


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