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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Beauty of Love

Updated on March 26, 2016

What does family and love have to do with anything?

Somebody had a birthday party!
Somebody had a birthday party! | Source

Love is there

Ring the brass bells and toot the brass horns and dance like there is no tomorrow, for today you have love. There are some tragedies of life and there always will be. There are some triumphs in life and there always will be. And there is love and there always will be. Around here we are dealing with a cancer scare. It is almost a blessing. Oh I do mean that. You see the tragedy brings out more love and that is a very good thing. You see I make this personal so that I am not sermonizing from an abstract basis but can speak of a truth that is real and not just thought up.

For sure I am the one facing the cancer. And for sure that means my family is facing the cancer. And that is a blessing because we are facing it together in love. We hug more deeply, smile more sweetly and hold hands more completely. Life has some ugliness but in love it is not just tolerable but enjoyable. If I run and fall and scrape my knee and my mother, in love, kisses it and makes it better then the fall and scrape are worth their weight in gold. If I fail at my task but am consoled in love then the failure was worth the trying. Now go easy here, we do not go out and look for failure or tragedy in order to get love. But we give it our best shot knowing that there is a wonderful net of love ready to catch us should we fall off the high wire.

One of my favorite passages goes like this “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” Isn’t that cool it is from Paul writing to a church that is having difficulties. He wrote it to the Corinthian group in 1 Cor 13:2

When storm clouds present themselves

What are you going to do? Just give up and run for shelter?
What are you going to do? Just give up and run for shelter? | Source

I have always just loved this song.

Cry the tears of love and refresh

The cool part about that above passage is that it talks of triumph. Wow what would it be like to have all knowing knowledge? It would be spectacular. I would love it. Wait a second. I would love it? Oh yes I would love it and therefore be more complete. But that misses the point. We do not speak of love of a thing or circumstance here we speak of loving each other. You see even in triumph if we miss the mark of carrying love from and to others we are of nothing. I do not know for sure about you but I would suggest that nobody but nobody wants to be nothing. I want to be somebody and when I get a loving hug I am not just somebody I am on top of the world. Oh dear we can see where that goes. If we love somebody deeply then we put them on top of the world also. What a gift. This love thing is spectacularly contagious and contiguous if you get my drift.

Now let us get back to tragedy. As I pointed out this is not empty philosophizing this is from personal experience. If we meet tragedy and triumph and treat those two imposters just the same then we have love. (I borrowed that from Kipling although he left out the love part) But we must not forget the love part.

I am an empty vessel without love and anything that comes along will crack my walls. If I am full of love then that love will fill the crack and even spill some of my love out for the world. We often speak of hardship and things that are hard to do. So be it life is filled with such. But there is one thing that comes so naturally and is so easy and that is loving. Why does it take so much energy to be in anger and hate and yet fill us with energy to be in love? I think about that and I just wonder at it. If I love I am filled with energy and contentment. If I do the opposite I am drained of energy and unhappy. Well what would you pick? And that brings us right back to the cancer concept. If I am filled with doom and gloom and anger and hate and that drains me of energy and positive feelings then what? If I vitalize my body with love and positive energy then what? I do not have to be a genius to figure which one will help to defeat the cancer. Plain as this exceptionally large nose on my face. If I cry tears of anguish and languish in sorrow I shall reap those benefits, if that is what you call them. If I cry tears of happiness and joy and love then I rid myself of toxins through my tears.

Sorry I just love this picture

He planted and cared for this carrot and now he gets to eat it. I love him.
He planted and cared for this carrot and now he gets to eat it. I love him. | Source

Different for me, but my loving nephew sent this to me.

Practice, baby, practice

Oh do not be so critical here that you miss the point. I love my life and I love my wife and children. I really like it when things go smoothly. And then there is the bump in the road. And things continue on smoothly. What you say, how does life go on smoothly with cancer in the winds? Well for every bump there is a reaction and if that reaction is love then the bump is handled sweetly like brand new shock absorbers on your car. And baby we have one sweet suspension around here. The weight in our car is love and it goes up and down according to the bumps in the road.

Ok it is time to get down to the brass tacks of the How Too. How do you do this thing of love when the chips are down? Practice baby practice. When that road is smooth and straight you set your self into the mode of love and you kick that ball around until you get it just right and then when the going gets tough you are in love shape to carry it on.

Now is the perfect time to lay out that great love scripture we here at weddings you know the one “love is” it is found at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 just copy and paste it into your browser to read it, it is worth it. But we take another look at it here. Love is the juice of life. Love is that part of you that never worries about winning. Love is that crack in your armor against the world. Love is that sweet surrender of life. Love is all about you not worrying about you. Love is what you get when you give it. Love makes sickness well. Love makes troubles just swell. Love is the getting out of ourselves and into the good. Love is the picking up of the fallen and love is you.

Oh who cares about the cancer, that tidbit was just to keep this real and not like an empty gong. Or to put it scripturally “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” You see the cancer does not have me. Love has me. Who could deny that that is worth all the tragedy in the world?

Please on this wonderful Easter weekend go love yourself and somebody else. And if you got no other reason to do it, practice baby, practice.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such an inspiring sermon on love. Love is what makes us all tick, without it we wither and die. Tina Turner's movie, ' What's Love Got To Do With It ' is the reason I started meditating. It is beautiful here today, sun is shinning. The video on love is inspiring also. Thank you. Isn't it wonderful that God allows Doctors the knowledge to kill the big C. Take care and thank you for all the love you give to all of us who follow you.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderful uplifting sermon , Eric. Love can conquer all the ills of the world..cancer included. Awhile back I wrote a poem called "If I Could Write a Love Poem." It is promising to have quite an impact on my life. You, my friend certainly know how to write a "Love Sermon", that will have an impact on many lives.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The beauty of love? It is renewable.....it gives as it takes...it allows us to show our kinder nature....it brings out the best in us....IT IS FREE.....and without it, I would not exist in my present form.

      Happy Easter, buddy!

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

      Ruby, ain't life grand. We are coloring eggs outside today in the wonderful day. The big old Easter Bunny will steal them tonight and hide them for tomorrow. Let you and me make a difference today by sharing our love with others!

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

      John, love love the magical thing the more you share the more you bring. Some of us, like you have it in abundance and it helps the world to dance. Now please for me, go and love that one your are with.

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

      Bill your share it and it shows in all you do. Your farm is an extension of your love of life and all it's wonderment and your writing fills us with the joy of love. Peace be upon you on this glorious Spring day.

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      Linda Lum 13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - Your perspective on living life is what defines you. Your cancer does not define you because it will not win--you and your love will come out victorious.

      I often listen to a Christian radio station--one song that is on the current play list is "Rise" by Shawn McDonald. The chorus and first verse are:

      Yes I will rise

      Out of these ashes rise

      From this trouble I have found

      And this rubble on the ground

      I will rise

      Cause He Who is in me

      Is greater than I will ever be

      And I will rise

      Sometimes my heart is on the ground

      And hope is nowhere to be found

      Love is a figment I once knew

      And yet I hold on to what I know is true

      ************************

      The love of our God and Savior sustains us and makes us whole.

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

      Linda it is beautiful. We are not the sum of our whole. We are more exponentially. This crazy love thing is just beyond our imagination. How can I love someone like you that I have never met in person? I do. Call magical or call in whimsical or call it miraculous. But I just call it love. Is there something wrong with our love fest? Let it be wrong. We just do it and life is better for it.

      In peace and wholesomeness I proclaim that I love you. My wife is not jealous she is made better by the more love I share and know. We are blessed. This whole idea of loving your neighbor is genuinely marvelous. We will go to the store today to buy Easter stuff (white eggs and dye) and we will smile and love our neighbor, that is so cool.

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      Linda Lum 13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - The analogy I shared with my daughters when they were little is this--love is like the flame of a candle. If you use that flame to light another candle, the flame does not get smaller. You could use that one to start 100 new flames, and the size of the original flame would never be diminished. Spread that love. It only increases--it never gets smaller.

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

      Beautiful

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 13 months ago from The Caribbean

      That monster has done what it came to do--scare you and your family. In the process, it has also increased the display of love. Tell it "Go back to hell," so it won't interrupt the loving and sharing love in the beautiful way you always do. Count on my prayers!

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

      We were so busy coloring eggs for the bunny to go hide tonight we had no time to consider other options. Ms. Dora, you excel in sharing love and I am just one of many many recipients. Thank you.

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      Shannon 13 months ago from Texas

      Eric, you are so full of love that it radiates and I see it every single time I read something that you write, even in your comments to myself and to others. You are inspiring and encouraging too because you so freely share hat love with others. You are a blessing of a priceless nature. Thank you for being you and for continuing to be you even through the storms. I believe that faith, hope, and love keep a person strong right through those storms. If you have those things, who can stay down for long? You and your family are in my prayers. HUgs

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A wonderful and very much inspiring sermon on love. Love is so beautiful and soothing. It is a great treasure which does not decrease on usage. I am glad to see you are blessed with so much love. But, am very much worried about your disease and pray to God for blessings.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 13 months ago from Philippines

      Thank you Eric. This is so timely right now. I needed it badly.

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

      Thank you Shannon, Those are very kind words and much appreciated. Indeed faith, hope and love can carry us through any trials. We sure do have them in abundance.

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

      Vanakatachari, please do not worry, we refuse to. I really like how you said this; It is a great treasure which does not decrease on usage. That says so much. Let us keep on loving.

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

      Mona it is sure good to hear from you. Thank you for coming by and leaving a note. I am sending some extra love your way and hope it finds you well.

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      Dana Tate 13 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      What a perfect Sermon for today of all days Easter morning. Love is a medicine that brings healing. I also, learned to love and have deep compassion by trials. Trials have a way of teaching you about real love when tragedy comes and when the dust settles you see who is still there by your side. I can tell by your beautiful Sermons that you are a man who has been blessed with the medicine of love.

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

      Thank you Dana for your great comment. Truly the trials of life also bring blessings if we look for them. I have certainly be blessed with the medicine of love.

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      Denise W Anderson 13 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Eric, you hit the nail on the head! Love is what gave us the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without that love for us, we would all be lost! When we are having trials and troubles in this life, it is love that carries us through. I pray that will be so for you with your cancer, that the love you have in your heart, will heal your body in a miraculous way! Even if not, the legacy you are leaving for your family will endure forever!

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

      Denise I am fully blessed by the love of my family and friends and a fine community of Christians. We would have to look real hard to find a reason not to bask in the love. Whatever comes down the road it will be met with love.

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great thought here and so beautiful with love.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Devika. It is nice to have you come by for a visit and leave a note.

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      Frank Atanacio 12 months ago from Shelton

      The beauty of your sermons beam.. I love them it should be the beauty of your sermons Eric.. as always awesome and gentle to the eyes for any reader bless you :)

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Frank for coming by and visiting with me today. I can only hope that my hubs made a positive impact on you today as you have had one on me and I very much appreciate it.

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      I am sending a big ole southern hug your way (we hug tightly and long) and you know you've been hugged, dear Eric.

      You know, I completely understand every word you have written, as I too, as you know, had cancer, and I can truly attest that I received a blessing having gone through such. So, I get you, dear heart.

      Cancer is an ugly monster, but it can't take away who you are, a loving person with love in his heart for all. Now, that is beautiful.

      You are beautiful. That is one of my favorite verses too ...for if we do not have love, then we have nothing. How powerful and true!

      I am reminded that God tells us to "Count it all joy ..." Which is hard to grasp, but when one does go through those brutal trials in this life, one understands more clearly.

      God bless you and yours

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Faith, wow we are blessed to have each other. You lift me up and refocus me on love today. I was just trying to get fired up after reading, prayer and meditation. And you just took me over the top. Thank you for being you.

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      El Shaddai 2016 12 months ago

      Inspiring sermon! Love is the fuel of life!

      EL

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you El your comment is much appreciated.

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      ahorseback 12 months ago

      Eric , There are some people who's words are filled with love ! Everything that they write ! Well, there's at least one that I know very well anyways ! You !...............Awesome .

      As usual !

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you my friend. It is always great to hear from you and your upbeat, uplifting ways.

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