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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; The Beauty of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Updated on February 3, 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 Where I Lay In The Grass

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A Preacher Told Me How Great Heaven Was, So I Asked Her If She Meant Earth.

Here we go again writing a sermon on the day of giving it. The morning sun is taking it easy “today”. “Yesterday” it was bright and warm in the morn and hidden by huge clouds and thunder and lightning by afternoon. The “weather forecast” for “tomorrow” is much of the same.

I have a brother that owns a snow skiing shop. I understand that it is the oldest privately owned one this side of the Mississippi river. Anyhow in the winter his world revolves around the weather. Yesterday’s weather determines snow pack for today and today’s weather determines snow pack for tomorrow.

Did you know that there is no sound logic that our world will exist tomorrow? Any true atheist knows this fact. Tomorrow is simply a prediction. For sure the sun could go all “explosive” at any minute. Predictions based on past events are kind of sketchy in the pure science realm. I like the notion of an educated guess based on past experience.

I think too many people proclaim a concept of not living in the past or the future. Some folks even say that we should live in the “now”. That is bizarre because as soon as you read this the now has gone away. But most say to live in the moment which is kind of impossible of definition.

If I do not love you based on the past, it would seem we have a passing love. Not rock solid at all. And yet my bride and I, in love since 2000 save for the future.

Latin phrase "Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero" meaning seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future. And Tabula Rasa which we translate into a blank slate – paper with no writing on it. (Carpe Diem which is generally how we shorten it and I just copied the wording from some on line dictionary)

If you combine the two you get an idea about every day being a new beginning. And I like to say that you can start your day over whenever you choose. However I have 60 plus years of experience and I work today to have food tomorrow. So I care about the future and my “slate” is anything but blank.

There was a show where a guy built a computer that had super artificial intelligence. But he programmed it to shut down and erase experiences every midnight. The blank slate would prevent it from getting too much self will. That is a thought worth pondering.

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Headed To Our Swimming Hole

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Where Am I, I Forget

Baptism and repentance are great Christian traditions. One is like being born again and the other is like seeing an error and turning around from it to start in a new way. I figure over 2,000 years of still practicing it is enough to give it some credence. They help me in my life and for sure those who know me, or watch out.

Raising a child is so interesting. As a dad I wonder what percentage of the time I am being in a moment with the child and how much preparing for the future. Reading and music are great that way, not to mention cooking and dancing. They are quite enjoyable today because we practiced them yesterday but need to learn them for the future. Electronics for children is not so simple as one might think. Sure you limit it like you would sweets but you allow it because it is so fun and it trains them on the “machines” for the future. I hold it at about an hour a day. Experts say no more than two.

Exercise is another great one. The harder you worked out before makes today easier, but you have to work harder so you get stronger and healthier for the future. I go on big hikes with big weight. So I get to get in shape by hiking. Wait a second; I really like to hike so each day I hike is great in and of itself. Reminds me of breaking in new boots.

Are you mad at someone for what they did yesterday? How about what they are doing today? And of course what about what they will do tomorrow? Those are strange. My wife just gets all mad at me for fifteen minutes but seems to totally forget it the next fifteen. She is “fast food mad” and I admit I am more of a stew man myself.

I like my roses. They are never the same as they were the day before and I get to look forward to how beautiful they will be tomorrow. But I trim and fertilize them to keep them healthy.

Here is a weird use of words. I want to “stay” healthy, but I never want to “stay” sick. “Stay” is such an interesting word in those cases.

Hmm

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Ask Someone The Truth

So we come across a fellow by the name of William Blake around 1750 or so. He wrote something like this; “Eternity is in love with the creations of time". A little heavy if you ask me. Good to think about in order to fall asleep ;-) But more about our need to create and share it.

Now please do not call “Child Protection Services” for suspicion of child abuse here. He is the one that brought it up and it was not torturing the boy. Alpha and Omega. Omnipresent and Omnipotent. Now he was referring to the largest star constellation in the sky: Omega Centauri – the Milky Way galaxy's largest and most luminous globular star cluster. That is as written in one of our star books. And then Alpha as the leader of a pack of canines. I threw in the “Omni” words and he just loves the idea of infinity. But we know Alpha means before and including the beginning of our past and that Omega means something like forever. There is only one definition that makes sense with the Omni words. That would be love and as love is applied to forever and ever past and present and infinity.

If you followed this this far. Congratulations.

Hate and apathy are not everywhere all the time. Love is. A birthday party yesterday. Such great children I just love our friends. It was a full on love fest. So much diversity it could make your head spin. No question I heard four languages. You know what I mean? A long table of say twenty folks. And there is just not enough time to be happy with all of them. On the other hand you could feel all the love everywhere.

Down around here we have Spanglish meanings. My two favorites and Esperanza which means dreaming for tomorrow with a huge dose of Hope thrown in and Manana which should mean just tomorrow but we use it to mean “that is a problem for the next day”. My mom would say guta morgen in the morning. Her German version of “good morning”. But if you look up the history of tomorrow, morgen is somewhat a root thereof.

There is only one constant in the world of everywhere and every time. And that is love.

There are two biblical ideas. “God is Love” and God told his people basically that his name was the great “I Am”. I am love. I am a baby god as are you. You are love. I cannot imagine a theory where I would not love you all the way in the future of eternity.

All those mental machinations to get to “Love was, Love is and Love will be”. Some dude wrote that in 2000.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora I am so blessed with the love. It just feels strange sometimes going out to shop or something. Some folks really try to resist love. What a struggle.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      I like "dreaming for tomorrow with a huge dose of Hope thrown in," but without the influence of love on our past and in the present, it would seem that there is no reason to dream. No purposeful dream, anyway. Love must be the propelling force every day, every minute and you wouldn't let us forget that. Thanks!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda that is such a great comment. My boy and I can near recite Matthew six. When you go back country hiking you get this notion. Yet you carry rope for the climb in two days. I love it that God relies on me not to be stupid.

      I do hope you have a fireplace and a special blend of drink to cuddle with in your snow.. Uh Oh back over to your questions.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, investors will tell you that "past performance is no indicator of future results." You could say that of life in general.

      This is a great Monday sermon. It makes me think of the verses in Matthew, chapter 6:

      “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you."

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dana walking is the ultimate of good for us. I like to pray when I walk. I have walked in five continents. It is an ingredient of life I wish more people knew.

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      Dana Tate 

      6 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      After nineteen years of marriage you still refer to you wife as "your bride" I love it!

      As a child, I walked every where; and then, as an adult, I also walked due to having cars that were always broken down in the driveway. My last doctors appointment the doctor commented on how healthy I was I thought about how active I've always been.

      Even in my forties I still have the vigor of a young woman. I guess the activities from the past, which didn't seem as a blessing then are beneficial to me now, and certainly for the future.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill I am with you. Rain again and I just tossed my wet clothes in the hamper. Nothing better than washing your face outside instead of a sink.

      We are going to make others feel the love this week.

      See you over at https://theurbanfarmyardsanctuary.wordpress.com/20... in a bit.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm a little distracted this morning, so you'll have to excuse me. First snowfall of the winter this morning,and the beauty of it all has me transfixed. Have a great week of loving, my friend. Ain't life good?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Will I do figure that time is kind of a misfit. I was trying to gauge some time and fell flat. Wow that time in Europe a long time ago feels like yesterday.

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      WillStarr 

      6 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Only humans have a sense of time and it is God-given. The Bibles, both Old and New, talk of age and time...the years of Methuselah, and the Forty Days of Jesus.

      What a fine sermon, Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Clive for your wonderful insight. I must admit though I had the job of taking my son to a Target store just now. Can time pass 10 hours in one minute. It sure felt like it.

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      Clive Williams 

      6 months ago from Jamaica

      Eric...no one can live in the now, or the moment. Time is irrelevant in the other dimensions as it is only a construct of man. The sun nor moon doesn't control time. It just organizes life. Good read.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela, something came up and I had to review these sermons to a degree. It struck me as odd that I have been writing them since 10/14/2014. That is like nearly 200. Some things stay the same. I was as crazy then as I am today. Thank you for holding up our friendship.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I like the idea of each day being a new beginning. I am feeling very peaceful and loving toward my family today. I am blessed. I do believe "God is love". I never thought I was love like you stated, but it is a lovely thought. Good sermon today Eric.

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