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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Child Within, Awake or Put To Bed?

Updated on June 17, 2017

Because He Is Someone's Saint, Does Not Mean Francis Is Not Cool. Check Bias At The Door.

Does someone you know that you do not like say good so you must say bad?
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Time to Restart Balance

Why do parents try to move the child out of childhood but the grandparents just bide their time? My wife is doing her un-level headed best to keep our boy at around four years old. Is that normal? Why did anyone ever say “grow up son”? By the way my seven year old does just fine bouncing from four to seven. He likes being babied. But he also loves when I let him crawl up on the roof. A tough smack in the head by a soccer ball now makes him angry as he used to cry. Soon it will just add to his determination.

What level of childhood did Christ mean when he tells us to be childlike? A rebellious teenager? Grandpa’s best nine year old. Mom’s, “drive me crazy” twelve year old boy? Or did He mean my 34 year old eldest child. Did He mean me though both my parents have gone on?

Let us be children. So cool if we can.

My wonderful children always seemed to have a better understanding of society than me. Perhaps it is their mothers influence. I have been married to two fantastic women that I would gladly lay my life down for. I would give up my life so that they would influence my children better than I could.

Some people like to think about “raising” a child. Kind of like raising a crop. That’s alright but I have issues with it. Think deeply thusly: Would you spray your child with insecticides to keep her from getting bugs? How about anti-bacterial stuff? How about anti-biotics? How about anti-microbials. We do it. Why not face up to partly killing our own children through processed foods. Milk and cereal anyone?

So are we intent on killing the child in order to make them old?

I beg of thee to get dirty fingernails and a sore back and let go of your brain and be as one with the child and not make the child be one with you. The little guy yells at me to come. That is taboo, children must come to their dad, not the other way around. And yet if he sees a bug that is cool, I don my glasses and magnifying glass and come running, usually tweezers and a jar that sits on my desk. I don’t want to miss a thing in nature. The child gets me going baby and where he takes me is awesome.

Give This One A Shot, Patience

I Do Reckon My Children Take After Their Mom

A Man Who Stops Learning Is Dead
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I Beg of The To Pull Away The Vale

And so the boy asks me about this deal us Christians call the Holy Spirit. “Dad does that mean it was alive and now dead”? “. Is ‘spirit’ the same as ghost”? Right on and hallelujah!! This gets the child and I to get real. Sometimes even in life my spirit is at least half way to our nemesis . Sucking the life from him. So cool. We pray each time in the car to be safe. My son is nervous to do it in front of me. So we just follow my lead. Life is treasured. But the inquest continues.
“can you see the spirit?”

And so I wake up and pray. Meditate and pray. Pray and eat. Pray for me and pray for others. But I am stagnant waters lest I beg for more. And being the “all that” mature male I fall into a state of grace that becomes stale. There is that space where I begin to feel resentment because “all that” is not what I anticipated or want. I am perpetually doomed in my apathy. Go through the motions Eric, be good Eric and then it just becomes ho hum. Damn my adult brain I say. And that is only if I feel myself slipping into a malaise. But there is one rescue. That of my children. They point out a mountain, a flower or a bug and I am released from the bondage of self. And so the child leads me out of the Valley of Darkness or shadow of death and back into the light. As we love in our Psalm 23, if that citation is correct.

It is wrong to place a young child into the position of being relied upon. Oh it happens and it is not good. So I bust my leg and I lay down confined. The orders are barked out and the child must obey – which sadly is enforced by guilt. Maybe thy rod would be sweeter. We do not let the innocent know just how much they are needed. This is wisdom. But I cannot for the life of me buy into that rap. Our reliance on youth should be put forward in a verbal recognition of charity and appreciation.

“Dang boy I never looked at it that way, you are one smart little son of a gun”. Can we do that instead of being all that and more? Never show a weakness to a child.

Boom baby that takes us right up to the next cool deal. Thanks for staying with our “ministry of love”.

Good Luck With This

OK Child and Wife!

My way really wants to decide out of love
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Please Let Us Giggle

How cool is it that we can lift another up. For sure we do it with our spouses or else. And we do it with neighbors and coworkers. But do we do it with our child? I love the concept of a “teachable moment”. Makes sense and just as often I am the one being taught and that must be verbalized as a thankfulness to our child. Please make love manifest in relating a joy in learning from the child.

My dad and I in later life hooked up via his “webTV” and this was before unlimited crap on your phone. I spent about 300 bucks a month on “long distance” which I don’t even think we have anymore. We both joined each other in his deal with the UN on big pharma and my deal in the area of Internet Freedom for individuals – you know, free speech and stuff that through thousands of hours of battle is what you enjoy today. Believe it or not your free speech was going to be enjoined by participants. Especially the copyright folks, they actually wanted what you wrote to be checked before transmission. Sounds great to avoid theft but think about it.

My point being that I was the child that my father learned from. And so it was easy for me to be the child who learned from his dad until he passed. And yes I still learn from him.

This is just great and awesome stuff people. Hell, if you do not have child teachers in your life, run out right now and find one. This is not for their benefit, it is for yours. If all you have teaching you about the way of life are “adults” you miss the juice.

Now, with all that said I will give you an Eric Dierker secret. Love lives in you. And therefore the child lives in you. You see where we are going. You can nurture and learn from that child that is within you. Yes that little girl or boy or whatever child is in the love that resides in all. It is a Hallelujah moment. (darn it I just had him and he slipped away so I could write – I will not let that happen again right now)

We think about our child – the one within and we equate it with being led around by the hand by a little child to see grass grow. Believe me that is pretty cool. I tear up with the love of a child teaching me. I mean did you know that roses come up from the ground!?

Let us end here with a prayer to respect. Thank you almighty for making us children first and adults second.

Just A Note

It is Father's Day in a bit here in the US. So this goes out early. I pray that most of tomorrow will celebrate my children more than me, because if you think about it, without them I would not be a father.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Lawrence. Your Coyote series is one I look forward to each week.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Really enjoyed this hub.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Funny thing that. I only became a good son in my fifties.

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      William Kovacic 

      21 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Some interesting questions and thoughts, Eric. I'm still pondering the thought of how old is a child? Thanks for another week of interesting thoughts.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      21 months ago from Washington DC


      Hebrews 11:1 suggests to us if we have faith we will seek evidence and substance to support our message concerning living by faith. That also goes for love, when we love we should seek substance and evidence, beyond the emotion of it, to prove our love and what we call being loved is without conditions since love has no conditions associated with it.

      My experiences suggest every time we use a concept to explain anything using something with an opposite and we do not incorporate that opposite into it we are missing the whole of the thing. One example that comes to mind is numbers. We are taught there is an infinite numbers of whole numbers but 1 through infinity has a negative counterpart which when added to each other provides the only whole number of zero. Thus, if we want to understand life we have to see everything as the whole of it's positive and negative integrated is the IT IS WHAT IT IS instead of one side or the other.

      Peace Brother.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah that is a good rendition of your journey. I go heavy on thought. But I am very happy with or without it. I do not though I might be able to explain it. I just live in a lovefest. Do Christians do otherwise?

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      21 months ago from Washington DC


      I will address the instructions for us "to be childlike" to see the kingdom of heaven the christ spoke of. It is about maintaining children's curious and inquisitiveness in wanting to know the "how, what, when and why" of anything we are not satisfied with the answer(s) given or lack of answers. Examples: growing up during the mid 1940s in Louisiana and Texas from the early 50s I was almost always told do this and don't that. If I didn't know why I always asked. Sometimes the answer was "that's the way things are and 'you' just have to accept it that way" and I always thought "no I don't." Other times it was "because I said so" and my "why" to that got "because I'm your mother and that is enough" [I later found out was because of ethnic discrimination in the south.] and I thought "that isn't good enough for me" but because I had learned not to say it the hard way I did not say it.

      Another meaning to it is to question god like we did our parents concerning things we don't know concerning all things. By my not being satisfied with my mother's answers I would send the question to the "Zeroverse" wondering why my schoolteacher mother didn't have satisfactory answers. It was the latter statement which caused me to become a philosophy, I had been seeking answers in the Bible but never fount them and my following references always led to follow Jesus. Thus, the answers usually Present are founded in that statement by the christ to be child-like before god.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Dora. I understand that some people have issues with finding their purpose in life. Mine was just given to me - loving children.

      Maybe that is, as I think, the best calling that there is.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Happy it is great to hear from you. Do tell where you hang out these days.

      So funny this morning, my son so excited he just could not do as he was told. Instead of a fight I just tried to get inside his head. Quite impressive that mind!

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, Congratulations on your good-looking family (including you). They're wise too, judging from the wisdom of the youngest. No wonder you understand so much about life and love. Happy Father's Day!

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      Mr. Happy 

      21 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Awesome article! And wise words: "be as one with the child and not make the child be one with you".

      Thank You. Have a fabulous weekend and Happy Father's Day! : )

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill I wonder if Gabriel and I like doing the same stuff because of me or because of him. But as I think about it, doing the garbage and weeding are fun if we do them together.

      Yep indeed, children make my life better.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim it is a marvelous day. We will sneak up to about 90 here today. So I better hustle up and go play outside in the cool of the morning.

      Apparently, my young son has made me several presents that he is just dying for me to open up, so we are teasing him and making him wait.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Man, you make me think of the circle of life. Perhaps even when we are young we have the adult in us and we just don't tap into that knowledge.

      Fun to think about.

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, dude, why do you think I was a teacher for so many years? This sermon is one of the reasons. Happy Father's Day,my friend. May we never stop learning from children!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      21 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome! Happy Father's Day, Eric! Hey . . . how do all the oceans say hi to each other?

      Great article and I am very happy to read as Father's Day begins its journey.

      Oh . . . they wave :-)

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      21 months ago from london

      Happy Father's Day, Eric.

      Indeed the kingdom is made of little children ...humility incarnate. We aspire...feel the Sig nificance of our own nature... see this in children like we do in Christ.

      More playful in kids, of course and not yet fully manifested. Have a great day today. It's Sunday here. Heading to worship soon.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lori, I am a sap. I just give it up. The love in your comment makes me cry. How precious. How amazing that your are aware and a part of the life so wonderful. You produce love. Your wonderful ones know it and jump up to you. WOW life is good.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Friend Harish, we know how good life is. The ones we have look in our eyes and love. That is just the greatest of all things. I bust a tear here. Thank you for your loving nature.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda I was going into slumber mode but my boy woke me up. He wanted a story about God. Who am I to walk backwards'.? "get up here boy and let me tell you about love and the Vietnamese war" "Your grand pappy" fought for us there. He gave his leg so we could do well and that is that. A man who gives his life for another is who we are without question to ask.

      I silly celebrate father's day. But I really celebrate my father's day and his before him.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Whackaa oo whacka John. Man o man o this is where it is at. Damn boy you even learn from your chickens.

      I am great and you are small? Not on my watch. We all are children on a great march.

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      Lori Colbo 

      21 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      A very happy Father's Day to you Eric. What a wonderful sermon here today. I love and adore the way you love and adore your children.

      I have two very vivid memories of my youngest son discovering the wonders of a caterpillar and a deer. He called me to come look at what he found. He held that caterpillar like it was sacred and fragile as glass. He was about three. We examined it very carefully and discussed what we were seeing. Then he says, "This caterpillar is very precious and delicate." He set it down so carefully and then said, "Okay now we have to return him to his natural surroundings." My heart leaped with laughter. Lots of children would want to smash the thing and play with its guts, but he understood the sacredness of one of God's creation and I was privileged he wanted to share it with me. How many times have parents said (and I was guilty more than a few times) "Oh that's nice honey," and go back to something unimportant that we can't live without doing.

      Another time we pulled our UHaul into the driveway of the rural home we were returning to after two years being gone. Again, he was three. He jumped down out of the truck and froze dead in his tracks like a deer in the headlights. Well, it was a deer. She was only six feet in front of him and she froze too. We all froze to see what would happen. She trotted off shortly and we heard about it all day from our son. Same wonderment when there was a beautiful shiny black bear in our yard (living in a rural area is cool).

      I wish kids would never lose their wonderment, nor that adults would either. I would rather see through the eyes of a child than anything or anyone else. Jesus wasn't speaking about an age or certain type of child, I think that he meant we are to love and trust our Father in heaven like a child loves and trusts his earthly father.

      I also think adults need to be more childlike than childish. :)

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      Harish Mamgain 

      21 months ago from New Delhi , India

      Oh what a sweet way of letting us know how to deal with children, little or grown up both. Eric, though my children are now grown up , adults enough to deal with life in a far better way, I still learn from them and they from me. We are now like friends more.

      I remember those bygone years when my little son would not find a pal to play cricket and take me along to start a game with him, him and me only. I would often bowl and he would do all the batting. Such were the happiest and great moments for me, and of course for him too.

      Children never forget love nor any harsh treatment meted out to them. Eric, there is always something to ponder and learn from your beautiful writing. Even when you aren't talking of love, it creeps up in your wonderful writing.

      Blessings to you and your beautiful family, my friend.

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      Linda Lum 

      21 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, there is so much content here, I think I should have been taking notes. I would like to think that a little child can lead us because they simply accept the beauty of this earth without question. They love from a pure heart just because they do, and not because they want something in return.

      I know my daughters have made me a better person. Not perfect, but they give me a reason to try every day. Each morning is like a clean slate where we start anew.

      Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is like being reborn. Go on a walk with a 4-year old and he/she will make you focus on things you never considered, or cast aside long ago.

      Our children are God's 2nd greatest gift to us (the 1st is redemption). They bring us back to realizing what life and love truly are, they make us humble, they make us better, and they make us real.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great stuff, Eric. Yes, it never ceases to amaze me how much we can learn from our children/grandchildren. We also need to listen to the little child within us more often. That is probably why now and then I write something from a child's perspective or aimed at that I can learn from it myself. Happy upcoming Father's Day in the US. (Ours is in September)


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