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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; The Art of the Recycle

Updated on September 29, 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.

Just A Mustard Tree

The Smallest of seeds
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Just Mentioning It

Recycle is so cliché’ these days it has lost its meaning. Can our spirit recycle cycle? Some folks believe in re-incarnation, a recycle of the soul. Some say criminals just get recycled in and out of jail. Good family farmers recycle plants and such. I recycle love.

Now that above paragraph is accurate but goofy. You can use that word in so many different ways. And we did not even mention recycling plastics or space shuttles. I also like the concept of re-use. Oops that is really what we are talking about with recycle.

Here is a really cool thing. At least here in the USA we are not very much destroying our forests anymore. We are growing our trees on farms. Can you even imagine all the great oxygen that creates? Not to mention the great recycling of wood.

Check this out, I just copied and pasted here because it is so cool. Ways Christmas Trees Are Reused After the Holidays ...

THEY'RE USED AS LUMBER FOR HOMES. …THEY'RE MADE INTO UNDERWATER ECOSYSTEMS. ...THEY'RE USED TO BUILD SAND DUNES. ...THEY PROVIDE ENRICHMENT TO ZOO ANIMALS. ...THEY HELP RESTORE MARSHLAND. ...THEY'RE USED AS AN ENERGY SOURCE. ...THEY'RE MADE INTO PATHS FOR HIKING TRAILS. ...THEY'RE TRANSFORMED INTO ART. Dec 29, 2016 mentalfloss.com › article › 9-ways-christmas-trees-are-reused-after-holidays So if you have land, grow Christmas trees J

Cardboard recycled is used to make cereal boxes and the like, tissues and printing or writing paper, paperboard, paper towels,. It's also made into more corrugated cardboard. I think toilet paper too. I am going to press LEGO into making their stuff with resin and recycled cardboard --- What do you think on that?

Sorry but recycling as above takes a lot of energy. So it is not a winner on fossil fuel use. And you cannot, to date, recycle the heavy metals in Solar Panels yet. Figure that out, our next billionaire. Big old wind powered generators kill birds. But four on the corners of you house do not. Wind is renewable, but we do not say that.

Get a chuckle here. You should not throw out old cotton underwear. Buy pure cotton ones. And then put them in your compost/mulch deal. Cotton loves to be recycled. The plants that grow cotton give us cleaner air and jobs to millions. I am pretty sure Hemp is the same deal. I also just love Bamboo.

I Belong Away

Just Books, Goodbye Books

I just love these gals.
I just love these gals. | Source

Let Us Rock and Roll

Zero population growth is a problem. It sounds great. It looks great. It stops the notion of having many children. The problem is that it hits intellectuals and not areas where birth rates are astounding and really not good. I do not want to be rude here but some folks should have more than two and some folks should not have one. A child in a slum in India is not worth less than a woman sent to Harvard who develops a vaccine. You decide your conscience here. Tough choices in a world with issues.

And is there anything more beautiful in life than a child born into abject poverty and despair rising up in love and contribution. Basketball players are not heroes. That child is and who I tell my children to emulate. Holes in my shoes. Youngest of 6, without a father present, adopted and mocked as illegitimate. What to heck. A bed, warmth and love abounding. Food to eat, great food! A fantastic school filled with fantastic educators. Friends galore. I have contributed. I wonder if my love will be recycled.

I like my favorite writings, nature places and music and on and on. I recycle. I revisit time and time again. Perhaps I have a disorder without a name. I constantly search for motivation and inspiration. I cry when I get it and it is like an adrenaline rush and I go back and get it again like an addict. If I have motivated and inspired three people then I have recycled that motivation and inspiration and I suffer from pride.

It seems worth contemplating if a “redo” is a recycle. There are these cool places in our brain that do some fun stuff. Practice makes perfect. Do it over and over again and you get better at it. Fail over and over again and you get better at trying. Love often and you get better at it.

In the quiet of the brain we can hear the rain

In the love of trying we must put off dying

In the hope of making we are not faking

In the desire to do better we are not the quitter

In loving over and over we look for no cover

In our everlasting quest we settle only for the best

In our togetherness we find foreverness

Sorry I digressed into a poetry my son is teaching me. I do not know if it is poetry of a style but we like it. We will continue to recycle it until we become experts at it. Again my excitement is recycled.

We Belong Somewhere But Me Not Here

Rebirth?

The sound of silence is something I adore. Holding your child’s hand driving down the highway on a road trip and holding your daughters hand in silence repeats a love everlasting. Is repeating recycling? There is a space where I grow away from great friends. At my age they are chasing money for whatever and travel the world and build really great homes. I do not do so. Maybe I am lazy. But they ask me questions about life and love and our spirit. My home is built on recycled love and inquiry. I cannot grasp the notion of each given gifts and those gifts are different and diversity and geographic demographics and poor and rich. I am marveled at it. But I recycle and recycle my thoughts and recycle the reading of different scriptures and I will 1,000 more times without answer. “The quest must be redone over and over again for the answers are the end of the road.”

Now if there is a beautiful recycle it is love. Take my ex-wife, for me that is. An angel. She began with me as the woman I loved so much it was crazy. By now over 40 years later our love has recycled and recycled to where it looks nothing like those wild days leading to marriage. We just love chatting and gossiping about our 30 something babies. How fun.

I just cannot and will not grasp this concept of doing well. Fine, my life is well in many regards. Good on me and my others. But if I did not recycle my trying to do better then death resides in me. The avoidance of death is a recycling of the need to grow better. Yet death may be the recycling of our soul up to a great recycling place with God. I don’t know about that.

Love takes no real energy to recycle. With a good ‘let go’ life lends itself to a rebirth. I have been reborn and recycled. I can even do it every day, nay every moment. I messed up but I create a new me. Hourly is easy with redos and practice. Over and over again.

Perhaps I do not do well. But so many return to me. Or do I return to them. Love is more often a return than a beginning. We get lost and grab that compass and hang on and it leads us back to love. Let your compass guide you to return on your journey back home here where there is love just for you.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda I was hanging out with this old guy who "collects" stuff and recycles it. Plumbing parts into wind chimes for instance. I noticed it was a part of him, thank you much for making it a part of you. Gabe thanks you.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby I just turned that song. It always reminds me of Mt. Washington - New England way. I don't remember ever seeing garbage up there. Those of us who climb up high do not waste.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Shaloo find Vivaldi Four Seasons please. And rejoice. My work pales in such mastery.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill It is a blessing to have you think that I am worthy to garner your attention. I just do not know.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      Recycle love...what an idea! This is what the world needs. I am sure most of the world's problems will be solved if we recycle love. Love your sermons!!

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      William Kovacic 

      8 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      What better to recycle than love - and you're the best at it. Carry on, my friend!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Nithya. I thank you. Life does seem like a circle. I think that means recycling. A wheel within a wheel maybe.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 months ago from Dubai

      Recycling love, never thought about this before. Love recycled passed on from one to another-this makes life a true celebration. Great poetic words, thank you for sharing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora this little castle had a tough time of it this morning. Darn well arguing like two attorneys. But we did the love hug recycle deal and recited that "This is The Day That the Lord has Made and We Shall Rejoice and Be Glad in It." Yahoo!!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Dana, you always bring a smile to me. Here is a funny one this 80 year old type guy and I sang "The Wheels On The Bus Go Round and Round". How the heck did us old guys recycle that one? Then we did that ditty about the old gray mare.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mel up in the Borrego Mountains it was low forties. No big deal for most I figure. But the ground under my sleeping bag got real cold to me.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sorry for the delay in my responses. You could walk onto the hill where I was and get cellular phone reception, internet not so much. I figure that from time to time I need to back off.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, regardless of the energy it takes, you find fun in everything --recycling even. A home built on recycled love is one of the best images you have created.

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      Dana Tate 

      8 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I like what you said in the beginning of your article -- You recycle love-- Your articles certainly shows that.

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      Mel Carriere 

      8 months ago from San Diego California

      Bundle up I nearly froze walking to my car this morning

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mel that brings warmth to this cold soul suffering in 64 degrees temperatures over here in sprung Valley. Thank goodness these thoughts bounce off I also. Can you even imagine if I were crazier?

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      Mel Carriere 

      8 months ago from San Diego California

      5000 years from now they will discover your writings in the cyber equivalent of the Dead Sea scrolls and the gurus will all come bowing. The exact meaning of your sermons bounces off of me sometimes, but I think I capture the essence. Great words preach.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Wonderful Linda. I am having a blast figuring new ways to save. No not money but my little slice of heaven.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Wow, we do that too.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda I am doing some printing of documents for my use here. So I am using the backside of old documents. How easy is that? Then maybe.... with the paper. So many options. Life is grand when you play by our plan.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, you know I"m big on recycling, not just leftovers (food), but also fabrics and linens, old towels and blankets (they go to the animal shelter), books to the senior center, and so on. Recycling love? That's the best of all.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby my son and I were trying to count up our minutes recycling stuff. Beside from our bi-weekly trip walking past the Ice Cream place to the center. We calculated 5 minutes a day.

      Then we calculated how often we "recycle" "I love you". If that is how you get your groove on, life is sweet.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm listening to ' Up Where We Belong ' as I type. I love that song! Conserve energy. Way to go! If only everyone felt as you? Great piece!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela, I am having a blast here. I am recycling my childhood with my 9 year old. If you could us play you would be embarrassed for us. Don't ever stop playing "war" with squirt guns. Gabe says it is better than online war games.

      This week I will look forward to reading your writing.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill that word keen is boss man. Hey let's keep recycling some old phrases and words. A new week and a new time to recycle to fun.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah my brother in arms. (I am recycling that term to mean hugs instead of armory)

      You are a treasure. Thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Recycling is an interesting concept that can apply to many things, but I like love the best. I think this is a very interesting take on love. You wrote a good article on recyled love. Have a great week, Eric.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm adopted, which makes me recycled, right? So obviously I'm pretty keen on recycling. :) There's a word you don't see very often....keen...like "I'm keen on the Sunday Sermons!"

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Brother Eric, "God is love and we are made in God's image there because love is recycled so are human's souls. So I thank you for leaving it for others to .

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah my friend may the peace of love be with you..

      I will leave your comment for others much smarter than I to cogitate over. I simply do not know enough of these things.

      But I firmly believe that love is recycled. And any good thing I have is based on that love.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Oh my Brother Eric, it looks like you are even beginning to consider"recycling of the life-force or soul" of beings. Look at Ecclesiastes 1:9 "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun" suggesting our bodies are recycled and means another life-force will make it their body with the same name we had. Thus, it is suggesting that all, as you call it, "souls" are recycled.

      Again my friend, another fun read, thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Whahoo!! Flourish. You are a hero. We are talking love around here with you. I will show your comment to my son and it will be recycled in love.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Recently a starving teenaged kitten showed up at our door. She was scared, extremely thin, and very thirsty and hungry. She was in distress and had obviously been turned out by someone. I took her to get her fixed, vaccinated, and vetted. We “up-cycled” this rejected little cat and now she’s ours. That’s my happy recycling story for today.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lori, just for today my son wants to grow up and be a portrait artist. So I painted faces with words for him. Not so good but just doing yesterday's love I reckon.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Well John, nobody ever told me not to do love over and over again. I think that my be strange.

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      Lori Colbo 

      8 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Recycle love? Sign me up!!!

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      John Hansen 

      8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, there isn't much in life that can't be recycled, but it is so great when we recycle love isn't it?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Cynthia we were just holding hands around our table for dinner. I got nothing more to add. Thank you.

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      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      8 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I particularly like that line: "In our togetherness we find foreverness". Have a good week, Eric! Keep motivating and inspiring, being motivated and inspired! ~Cynthia

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