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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; “Party With a Purpose”

Updated on July 7, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

We Wonder

I got nothing here but love.
I got nothing here but love. | Source

Love Abounds

That is my eldest son’s motto or slogan. Brooks Dierker is a performing artist of extreme talent to rally. One would think that at his concerts he goes straight at it and rallies people. And of course he does that. But what he rallies in ultimate essence is the love. Like a swirling dervish he whips up a frenzy of people loving people.

Now I do not say this out of pride (although there is too much of that ;-) I say it out of experience. I say it out of about 2,500 hugs yesterday. Maybe an exaggeration. In a small tavern venue yesterday I stood back and saw people not shaking hands in greeting but hugging in greeting. Of course this was a special gathering but all the same. It was to honor Veterans at an American Legion outpost.

And to be true my silent reverie lasted only a minute or so until I was being hugged. What? An honorary daughter through my ex-wife who is really an ex niece in law’s husband. How many times removed is that? Or is it so far off it could not even be removed. Well Craig did not give me a “man” hug. We really hugged and then held each other’s shoulders and looked into each other’s eyes. Hell’s bells and cocker shell’s we both were radiating love and told each other how great we looked. And not as a platitude. We looked great dressed in all our love.

I leaned back against the bar and looked around to see who was conservative and who was liberal. It made my head spin. These peoples want to conserve. And these people want to liberate. These people go for micro plastic walks on the beach and hug trees and yet the venue was an American Legion outpost.

One girl friend from Mexico, another in from the East Coast and a couple from up our coast 400 miles away. “Girl Friends”? you query. Yes these fine ladies were on teams I coached (always assistant as a next day may have me flying to Melbourne) They were my daughter’s BFFs and I had the privilege to call them my girls. Not one or two but way over a dozen. That one is not an exaggeration.

Who could bring these people together to just plain have a party with a purpose. Well it would seem that man over there can bring it all together. Did I tell you that Brook’s presided over a few of the marriage ceremonies for folks in the hall? Some kind of revered preacher.

Stand Tall

They raise me up.
They raise me up. | Source

Never Love Lost

Right or Wrong We Go Strong

So we may ask “where do we go from here?”. A lovefest as above is an intoxicant. Do you get a hangover the next day? Do you have a big letdown and melancholy. Nope to all of that. Believe me I have played the drinking and whatnot card to it’s fullest. Woken up in places I did not know how I got to. Not just a dusty road but sludge with wind blasting sand and snow in your eyes. Hurricanes of craziness.

But the morning after a lovefest you just wake up and your heart beats a little harder. It is so filled with love it needs a little umph to keep pushing it through your veins and you need a release valve. My home is still asleep so I dump it on you. This is the Sunday Sermon and what it is about. A sincere seepage from my love to yours.

No one ever asked me if I wanted to be filled to the brim with love. And I for sure never asked for it. Perhaps I would rather be a rag tag rapscallion of mischief like my life that got me here. That ride sure was more fun. But not more joy filled. A good brother of mine told me a decade ago that I had used up my fun tickets and that the wild rides were over. He died shortly thereafter but his words and love did not.

So once again at bedtime we went through our day as my youngest and I do. He declared it another best Saturday ever. This we laugh at but agree that every day we learn to love all things more and more better. And we just kind of pause. How full can it get? How much can we give? How much can we receive?

So this morning in that special dawn time, me and my wild birds out back contemplated. We wondered why we trust each other so. Instead of fluttering away from me they walk toward me and my cup o’ joe. Can a wild dove smell both coffee and love? (you see that is why I get up early. Act and think like that around humans and they will commit you) It is told that we have 5 senses and sometimes 7 senses. Yet some real important folks sometimes say we have about 18 senses. The birds and I sense each other. Do not know and do not care what sense that is. Although it is fun to think about. If that makes sense.

Don't Know

Get up before dawn
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Worth a Listen I Think

Ain't Gonna Fly

Around here they call me an isolationist. I get calls from buddies saying “this is a Health and Institutions checkup – How the hell are you Dierker”. Of course I love to get the calls and we laugh. “Dierker, join the world”. I tell them that I assume that they mean their world and we laugh some more. And then we cut to the chase and they pick my brain about the latest SCOTUS Ruling on seizures and forfeitures or emotional distress caused by discrimination in the work place. I suppose socializing more than with just my children and wife would be a good idea. I will look into it next year.

Now I give the above as a note for a real reason. I simply do not spread the love enough. Yes our online congregation here is in the hundreds per week. Probably more than most churches or temples or what have you. I had a blast at the store yesterday spreading the love. It is quite rare that people don’t like you passing on some love. And I truly believe those who do not like it go home and later feel it. Love is sometimes like one of those obnoxious jingles that stick in your head all day long.

I just did some weeding. I do not clear out all the weeds. I leave some because it seems my bug pests like the weeds more than my plants so it is a win win leaving some. Maybe sometimes my love just gets caught up in the weeds. But hey weeds may need more loving than my cultivated plants. Hey our veggies are having a banner year. They hardly need my attention at all, romaine lettuce and tomatoes 2 minutes from garden to table. OK maybe we do give them some extra love.

Maybe the last paragraph was a parable of some sort. Like maybe the Prodigal Son.

Let us just take a breather. Chill out and maybe take some time to look at our hands. Seriously do it. Check them out. They are your life story. Mine are all busted up and starting to get what they call arthritis. Good for them. I call them “me”. Duh, there is some pain. I have decided that in my hands of life I have caused some pain and in my hands I feel it, probably a good thing in the end.

All of that is above my pay grade. I walk into the world office every day and get my assignment. So boring it is always the same “go out and love”. Oh well.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia, we argued this morning about stuff. It was wonderful as we argue in love. Different perspectives but ultimately the same goal. Charity they call it, I think. Our place is mad with it. I got no explanations, I just tag along for the ride and when my mind is somewhat right I write.

      I love you and your angels have been with me for years now, thank you.

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Bring on the love. Spreading it causes it to multiply for sure. And those who may look at the love-spreaders a bit askance they are changed by it. On the way home they feel it and pass it on to those with whom they come in contact with later---seen it working. LOVE this love of which you speak Angels are once again are headed your way ps

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Angie I am working on a piece "Our Hands" it is very fun. It is cool that our hands can be happy.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Marlene,

      Marlene I think HP is labeled a social media site. But it is pretty amazingly deep as such. I mean that there is a whole lot of real here. Not the same as face to face but so often more revealing.

      I love how much you do for your church. They are blessed to have you.

      You give me the highest compliment.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      Prior to sitting down to read one of your sermons, I grab a good cup of coffee or tea (depending on what time of day it is) and I delve into what I know will be an enjoyable read.

      I see that people say you are an isolationist. People say that about me too. It's not that I don't like being around people. I do enjoy being around people, but I truly enjoy being at home, as well. Home is where many of the people and things I cherish are located. My husband, my garden, my writing. Home is where I produce the church's Sunday Sermon videos. It's where I fold the church flyers - things like that. I don't mind. When people want to see me, they are welcome to see me at my home (so I don't have to spend time traveling).

      Eric, I truly enjoy reading your Sunday Sermons. It lifts me up to read the writings of someone who is all about love in life.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora, I just marched into my kitchen and demanded my presence be recognized. Canned food for the church food pantry. Now I don't drink and I don't smoke or gamble or run around but I love my canned fruit. A horrible condition. But they were ready to give away some mandarin oranges. You have to put your foot down sometimes. Oh what a fun food pantry party with a purpose! We are still laughing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, if I haven't said it yet, "Your wife is very beautiful." I love the imagery of walking into the world office to get an assignment. Working or partying, we should always have something to do.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Swalia I think we have been friends here for like 4 years or so. Isn't that wonderful? We just keep delighting each other. Thank you friend.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      5 weeks ago from India

      Your sermon is so full of love and positivity. What a beautiful read first thing in the morning. You made my day!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim we were settling in for a happy day at home. "The Call" came in. We were on the road in minutes. Mexican food brunch and time boarding at the beach with family and friends.

      I will plan absolutely nothing for tomorrow. Perhaps the birds will carry us away.

      Gabe and I decided that the birds are there, we just have to stand still sometimes and watch for them.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mary that is so cool. You made me just think about it. I have never had a surprise guest that did not make my week better. I disconnected my door ringer. I like the personal of a knock. But then I still write snail mails. hihihihi. I like to think my yesterday is my tomorrow.

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      Tim Truzy 

      5 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Eric, today while enjoying my morning tea, the most amazing sight occurred. How often will a dove and a hawk land only yards from you and stay a moment? I recognized they were both birds, of course, kind of like liberals and conservatives, people who need to focus on love. The birds certainly are paying attention to flying. Maybe if people paid more attention to the natural beauty He has given us, their feathers wouldn't get ruffled. A love feast is contagious, brother, thanks for keeping us all focused on the important things.

      Admiration and deepest respect,

      Tim

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      Mary Norton 

      5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yesterday, I knocked at the door of friends I have not see for some time but as we grew up together, I was confident that in that early morning, I would be welcomed and I was and I stayed for lunch and felt so much love.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda you made some juice come off this old rock. The title will be "our hands". I was weeding and the ache hit me. And I thanked my lord I had hands to ache.

      I heard some politician say something like; we will win so much we will get tired of winning. I wonder if around here we will get tired of loving? Such silly thoughts I have.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      AB I had a rope climbing incident lately. Jammed some Limestone above some knuckles. Doc. said just to leave it in unless a problem later on. What a story our hands tell.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, this silly lovefest of yours is the greatest. It's like a 1960's psychedelic trip with flower chains and beads and I hope it never ends. I'm so glad you allowed us to join you.

      My hands are a mess and the main reason that I don't allow them in photos of my work in the kitchen. Uncle Art is a lousy relative.

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      A B Williams 

      5 weeks ago from Central Florida

      My hands tell a story of a life lived well; not perfectly, certainly not regimented (I'm so here and there, with everything, but my belief system) but a life full of great joy, gratitude and contentment.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Bill, last night my son and I laughed as I said "I don't want to go to bed and sleep because I might wake up from this dream". Bill you are a good bit part of my life.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      You are living a dream you can't wake up from, and ain't that cool? You are I fell in it,buddy, and came out smelling like roses. Who woulda thunk it was possible to be this contented and happy?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela, it just keeps going. This is summertime. My boy and I are on perpetual vacation. A good hike up Mt. Helix today. I am dreading our chess match, and we set up his own tool box.

      Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Your weekend sounds just wonderful. Love pours out throughout your sermon today. I will be thinking about all you said today, and I appreciate your words today.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      John part of my regimen is to climb, or try to climb a rope every day. I gave up quitting so I have to keep trying. Lordy it hurts. Perhaps we are best just trying.

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What an amazing sermon, Eric. Thanks for sharing that overflowing of love with us..it is always most welcome around here. You made me look at my hands...not a pretty site, fingers all bent and gnarly...but as long as I can hold my loved ones and write, that’s all that matters.

      Good to hear you are companion planting...using the weeds to attract the bad bugs and keep them from your vegetables. I do the same lol. Maybe it’s like that with people come to think of it. Anyway have a great week.

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