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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Shopping and Somethings Are Wrong Because They Are so Right

Updated on March 24, 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.

Hmm. How?

Alright I helped a little.
Alright I helped a little. | Source

Just Trucking Along

Now please do not think we are bragging here. It just is. I do not really work, ever. It is a lifestyle choice. I get to write. I can write whenever I want to, I seldom even have hard deadlines. Although deadlines are kind of fun, like an adrenaline rush, and beating one is like crossing the finish line first. And the stress from that seems to make me get out and exercise more – win win.

Let us start with shopping.

I get to go get things in stores. Sorry one trip to a big box every six months is my limit. My boy and I do go occasionally to get school and art supplies. I have a tolerance of about 15 minutes there.

No, I get to go get fruits and vegetables from produce markets and a 99 cent store.

Shopping carts. I used to think that if you left your carts all over it would help give more jobs right? Not cool. Please put them back where they belong and maybe grab an extra on the way.

Lines. No better fodder for a writer, equal with nature and family. Thank you, if they have a cross – “God bless you” and around here many many do. Not a Bible belt area but heavy Hispanic and black and for many reasons they seem more religious.

Plastic bags. Only a dime. I have awesome reusable ones. My wife’s tile bags are awesome. I invested in some hemp ones. They look all hippie dippy and are great. Ladies ask where to get them. I no longer use the plastic bags for produce – hey I have to wash the produce at home anyway. I like to say “re-use and save a polymers life”

Let them go first. I had a fun one the other day. Done with a great hike I went in for some grocery stuff. This studly stud of a man saw I only had three items and he had a cartful. Of course he offered for me to go first. I declined and said I wanted to read headlines in tabloids. That is a ruse, it is the people I watch and he was interesting. People who look harried or older folks go ahead of me.

When you have time sensitive matters for a day you get up earlier so you still have time to fart around.

Trash. I don’t know when it started. My grocery store has wipes for your hand and cart when you enter. Now I have no excuse not to pick up some garbage on the way in. I don’t do it for ecology, I do it because it feels good.

Fifty cents or so beggars – that is what they are. I do not care. I cannot care of a negative there. Most guys who act looney is not because they are drunk but because they go off their meds. We do not do lobotomies anymore and cannot make them take their meds. Personally I love my meds more importantly so do my children and wife.

Here is something else cool. The guys and dolls outside of shops. You know the ones with permission to peddle their wares. From donations to cellular phones. I have this guy who peddles God with handouts of praise through prose. All sponsored by his own self. In one of those wheelchair scooters. So I hung out and we penned a poem together about tough life and fear. I will publish it.

But with the other vendors don’t wait for them to talk to you, walk right up shake a hand a wish them a good day. On that one they usually kind of freak with thanks.

My Brother Is The Long Haired Hippie in This Video

Windmills

They still use them where I come from.
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A Good Day

Help carry is heaven. Just insist on helping an elderly lady to her car with here groceries. Usually they decline on first asking. They come from a different era. So they say no and you do the manly thing and just do it. You don’t ask a true lady if she wants you to open the door! The blast is the immediate relating of some story by them. Usually tied into “this used to be how it was”.

Parking. I park as far away as reasonable. Walking is good exercise. Plus one time I saw a very handicapped old guy and all the handicapped spaces were taken. Bummer.

Fire and Brimstone

I seldom mention such stuff. I am so far out of that league. My family is so far out of that league. My friends are so far out of that league. There was this really cool guy. They made him a Pope. Popes are cool dudes. Hmm will they ever have a Black or Female Pope? A Latino is pretty right on.

Anyhow as stories tell it he was close to death by ill health. He took a retreat. And a strange thing happened on his return. Not reported at all, but true. Pope in 1999 Pope Paul II held an audience. A simple homily. He basically said a very interesting concept. /Interpreting biblical descriptions of Hell we must be careful of. They in general are metaphoric and symbolic. Hell as a place of fire and brimstone is a figment of our imagination and a result of mythologies. And then basically that Hell is a place we put ourselves in as a state of separation from God.

And most know this preacher man believes Christ in that God is Love and Love is God. What I report is truth. Perhaps a situation in which one with free will withdraws from Love or God./

And then he went on to suggest that maybe no one was “in hell”. In a short sense, this really means we turn our back on love and that creates our own hell.

Sorry nothing for me to preach here. Like I said nobody I associate with comes anywhere close to hell. And those that are, all we can do is love them and hopefully give a hand to bring them out of despair. Well that is what I got on that stuff of a burning lake of unquenchable fire. Maybe boring.

Great Feelings

A Piece of Home

I keep this as a reminder.
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A Loving Workout

Sermon

Life around us is a super treasure trove. It holds a key into our heart and those of others. It took me several years to put the above into practice routinely. I am not so blessed as to do it all spontaneously. It took months for those to become habits. Being a habit includes making sincerity and compassion part of the habit. Love stuff you cannot “do”, you have to feel. Feeling love is worthy of making it a habit. So when you are cranky you just fall back into the habit and boom! You are not cranky. Cool preventative medicine for the heart. (Including the physical)

Prayer and praise and study and meditation are habits of mine. (Getting up and before anything else going for a walk/jog for fifteen minutes is getting hard to make a habit, but so good for any of us, wish me luck, it is the best way to meditate)

I don’t think that picking up garbage and returning carts, maybe grabbing one more, is appreciated. Might ruin it if it was. I don’t think old ladies care about the help, but they love the opportunity to talk to someone, who listens.

Today I will go for a “hike” a bit off the easy trails. Weekdays no one is out there. On weekends there are a bunch of folks. I love seeing families. When we pass each other it is always all smiles and nice greetings. I wish it was like that in check out lines. I suppose all I can do is make it that way for me.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks John. They are banned here as well. My 30 something son got everyone around him on that over five years ago. It really has made a difference. Yahoo.

      Our next session with the boy will have some interesting notions around shopping and stores.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Such an enjoyable read and packed with important messages. Honestly, I don't enjoy shopping and the sooner it is over the better. You are right though, it is a good place for people watching. I always use mesh bags now for the fruit and veges and recyclable hemp etc for the other groceries. Stores are actually banned from using plastic bags at last. Yeah, I read that about the Pope's opinion of hell...he copped a little flack about that too. Good for him though. Thanks for sharing the Eddy Vedder song Society too...good message there as well. Cheers, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Aye friend that goes both ways ;-)

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Okay, I caught that about enlightenment and will keep it in my court. lol

      I knew what you meant about catch, I just had to let you know I'm still listening to you. Peace.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah I think I caught or is that catch your notions. I beg to differ on the "doesn't". I believe not every human needs to reach that state. "Doesn't connotes a must deal. I think most work just fine without heavy enlightenment.

      We play, soccer, Basketball, baseball, and football catch. And we banter back and forth on every thing from Astronomy to Zoos and all points in between. Sometimes the highlight of both our days.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby that is sweet in so many ways. Good teacher for sure. I totally forgot about covering your mouth.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 weeks ago from Washington DC

      You would give me something to augur about, Eric, with "I think the tie that binds us together is love, Hate separates...". That glue doesn't work unless it is able to bind into love the hate which elevates the attaching tendency of love and love the rejecting tendency of hate, that is what Indifference brings into play that Jesus called "the straight way with the narrow gate". LOL

      Isn't it "playing catch" when someone say something the other said and throw back a reply? What kind of "catch" are you talking about?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, I had an English teacher who got really upset if she saw one of us yawning without covering our mouth with our hand's. She said " Do you know how horrible it is to see the whole class yawning? " Hee.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      So right Ruby. In my scenario here maybe I should have taken the favor so he could give. Did you know that yawns from one causes a yawn in another if they are sympathetic or empathetic by nature. Don't tell anyone but I used it in picking jurors/voir dire. Get three on there in a criminal trial and at least you will get a hung jury.

      Imagine what I did with smiles!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, you make doing right fun, I have been given a place in line and I have given a place forward in line. Who is so busy that they can't give a little? Also, I find that if I smile most people will return the smile. Great message delivered in such a way that surely people will agree. Smiling...

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora it is so so cool that we can say "God" or "Love" "within" us. By neglect sometimes by battery gets low, trouble. All I have to do is ask Jesus to recharge it. Best roadside assistance ever. Good Samaritan?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lori I have a problem. My nine year old knows how to Google facts. Aye aye aye. Arguments are flowing but neither demands their point is right. That is how I teach it. I like to say "assume your argument is wrong and work from there" "Do not argue unless you have argued to yourself".

      Wow am I learning a whole bunch. Arguing playing catch is the best. And for sure we like to act grumpy when we are wrong. LoL!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      So cool Tim that our country has us all tied in from corner to corner. You know me, I think the tie that binds us together is love. Hate separates from each other's Love and God's love. Tim I am starting to find more typos after publishing. Can I blame it on age or my boy distracting me? Personally I like both :-) I cherish the opposite of death.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah just in from gardening for a friend of 40 years who cannot. We had a blast. And yes once again he slipped some cash in with a note. He hides it where I won't find it until home. But really he just pumps me for my take on legal matters, a passion for both of us.

      I love win win situations.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you offered some great suggestions for adding joy to the lives of others, and also to our own. All powered by the love of God within us. Thanks.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      Life is too short for arguments. There are so many going on in this country they bring people down. I will, however, enter into a discussion if it's something I am passionate about.

      As I read your thoughts on shopping I see you get off on kindness and generosity. We need so much more of that in this world.

      Another Eric special. God bless.

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      Tim Truzy 

      3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      lol Buddy. On the other side of our country, in that town Barney Fife visited a lot - but these guys on the street playing music and providing wonderful dishes are probably a lot like those in the great city of San Diego. I participated in a debate club in high school, Eric, and one argument I will never have is with love - your articles are full of that. :)

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Eric, you said to Linda "I would love it if people commented here in argument" which is what I attempt to do but this one didn't allow for it, it was too complete in itself so I agree with Linda's "I simply can NOT find anything in this sermon on which to challenge you."

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Yahoo Bill!! What a great day to make a great day.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      The sun is rising on another day, buddy. I have no doubt it will be a brilliantly happy one for both of us.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda I was in "debate" in highschool. My philosophy degree required debating with your self on paper. 1,000 words or more frequently. My siblings say my first word was "no" and the only word for a year.

      Of course getting a doctorate in law saw much more training. Then real preaching required a healthy dose of Socratic arguments.

      All of my children and I like my family of origin understand the mechanics of arguing in a loving yet probing way.

      Important here as a 100% rule of arguing is respect for even the least of us.

      I would love it if people commented here in argument. Loving types of argument are awesome. (a little weird but have you heard makeup love making ;-)

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I'm not one to engage in arguments for the sake of arguing, but I think it would be fun to go a few rounds with you (although I am an intellectual lightweight compared to you).

      Nevertheless, I simply can NOT find anything in this sermon on which to challenge you. I found myself nodding my head again and again whether on the topic of helping others, parking at the end of the lot, people-watching (my dad LOVED to do that) or our mythological concept of Hell.

      Hell is indeed a separation from the love of God. For sure you are far removed from that. You are about as close to God's love as one can get.

      Have a fantastic week my dear friend and thank you for the sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim I assume you mean San Diego for some reason. Maybe my old brain wrong again.

      Sundays always bring a bit more humph to our morning hug and prayer. Today was great!

      Friend I have made my free will choice away from love of God a few times. I very strongly urge others not to go there. Maybe not a burning lake of fire but a horrible scorching of the soul.

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      Tim Truzy 

      4 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric,

      superb message as always. I love helping the elderly because I know someday I will be needing help. Separation from God is the truest Hell now and eternally, and showing love is the connecting bridge.

      By the way, we live about fifteen minutes from downtown, when I see the vendors out, I often walk up and say hi. It's funny how many of the same things similar thinking people do. Just gave my daughter, son, and wife a hug, buddy. Your articles have this impact on readers.

      Much respect and admiration,

      Tim

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 weeks ago from Washington DC

      I believe that is why we are put here, Eric. Have you seen the conditions most, especially, captured animals live in? Often times they can't get out of their own body's waste; the "born again" are in captivity to Mystery Babylon that Daniel 4 types with her (military) branches reaching the end of (around) the earth, so we have to endure dire situations to qualify to enter Armageddon.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela I hear you on the exercise that is why I go for walk/hikes in nature. Up and down hills with a pack is awesome and I don't think of it as exercise. But I have to do more.

      Pamela, while my mom was a bit lacking in belief -- courtesy was a must. I think I am doing or did a good job with my children.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah that is very interesting. Love and respect seem to go hand in hand in the worst of conditions.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I guess the habits we choose say a lot about how we want to live our lives. I do not love to exercise, but the exercise I do is to improve my health. Being considerate where other people are concerned is good, and it sounds like it is important to you. Have a wonderful Sunday Eric. Good sermon.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 weeks ago from Washington DC

      You know, Eric, I believe it as even between my 1973 spiritual conception '76 birth that I realized both heaven and hell are states of consciousness, That Pope must have been shocked.

      As for me helping out "elderly girls", if they hadn't seen me before - especially herein DC, the semi-rural areas are different - I would be going to jail but I do ask, sometimes, if I am allowed to help. I also have a back problem I have asked Spirit to just give me the willing mind and ability to endure it until "my change cones", so, picking up trash and other such don't do although I want to see it gone. I live in a "drug house" on the fourth floor where there's no elevator that makes me walk three 16 steps flights to leave and return, Thank goodness I'm not the house keeper here, they complain about the trash and body waste they have clean up almost daily.

      The people, Pathways to Housing", that got it for me constantly ask if I want to move but I declines. In DC's northwest section there are few places with windows on three sides for allowing sun and light in all day long. That outweighs the conditions and the people who have been here these six years are beginning to listen to me and respect my accepting them without judging them. We speak, they call me "NatureBoy" and a multitude names - I denounce them and everyone to call me the exalting title of "sir" - and converses with me. I know of one who, quite sometime after a conversation, felt obligated to thank me for he had stopped his drug habit. That alone is worth staying in this condition.

      Sorry about that, Didn't mean to preach back to you. LOL

      Peace

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