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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; The Family Issues

Updated on May 19, 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.

Endless Climb

This climb will make me upside down with only one chalk purchase and a 20 fall. Don't worry I drank a beer and just went back home!
This climb will make me upside down with only one chalk purchase and a 20 fall. Don't worry I drank a beer and just went back home! | Source

Be Your Huge Strong Self. Hike With Me, My Boys Will Not Let You Fall

Let us just get this out of the way real quick. I have been absent for long times from my children while raising them. Not so much Gabe my youngest. One month in Asia and several in Mexico and on and on. Hang out in a fairly far away town for a murder trial and those weekend trips home are great.

Back off Jack!! Actually I seem to recall that comes from way back – don’t know now. It meant in my day to get out of my way or in 4-12 seconds you would have a black eye. (Though I might have two and broken nose in the end;-)

Where did “I got your 6” come from? It should always be “I got your back bro”. And that launches into a intriguing exploration of “what is family?” Now the truth is that I am youngest of six children. But in fact I was youngest of seven until about 1965. Sophie was older than me by a few years. Sophie was all in on family. Yes Sophie is/was a dog. A wonderful huge Dachshund. She went after a rattlesnake too close to me one time. Dad had a syringe with stuff in it. (He was a doctor) Holding Sophie I could see the worry in my Dad’s eyes and he injected her. I often wonder if my elder sister Sophie is out there watching over me. Of course dad saved her and she saved me. Of course that is family.

Our home is fully interrupted. My middle son just came home. He is here for a professional Table Tennis invitational tournament. Oh my everything is being disrupted. Well he is not my “real” son. But yet for sure he is. From over Asia way they shipped him to me. Strange how that worked, he is my wife’s nephew and now my son. Some figured I could get him out of a super shy mode with lack of confidence and get him through a degree program.

Wow we had some knock down drag out fights. It was a journey to be shared for 6 years. How fantastic and how family. And how proud I am of him. A very fine man. Sometimes we do not really communicate or get together for a few months. This morning we hugged so tight that we ended wrestling on the floor – but quit quickly as I am old and we could not risk injury before his matches today.

I am adopted. I kind of figure that since that guy who ended up Mary’s husband named Joseph and by their son’s death we are all adopted. If God can adopt a wretch like me well I can adopt whoever the hell I want.

I Am So In Love - For Sure Dora but My Wife Wins without doubt. Dora Told me that in Mareseills down French Way.

People Heroes

How did a son of mine draw that. Can my brothers Navajo transcend truth? I reckon I got no clue - love is God not me.
How did a son of mine draw that. Can my brothers Navajo transcend truth? I reckon I got no clue - love is God not me. | Source

Are We a Pig or Just Desk People?

My elder son had lunch with the daughter of another daughter I adopted up in San Fran way just yesterday. Isn’t Mary Jane a great name? I knew her namesake well. Really we would count blades of grass together for an hour. She was a serious Schizophrenic that her family, my inlaws did not get. One time we dabbled our toes in a lake on the dock. We decided that ripples were not caused by our toes but toes caused by our ripples. When she killed herself she called right before and asked for permission. Is that a sister I wonder? Never questioned that ideal. I told her I would hate her forever if she did and that forever would last about a day. My eulogy for her sucked. You cannot relate to normal what is not normal. No Judgment in my heart, just heartache.

OH! Pardon. My best cousin died pretty much the same. OK he was not really my cousin, we just grew up that way on campouts and horse riding and fruit picking. Sure some lettuce and trout fishing also. He just grew oh so tired. God has not told me to rate best friends so I will leave that alone. He and I went down into the pool to see who could hold their breath the longest. We both always won. His last time I reckon he wanted to lose.

Now I heard real serious that certain “races” of people’s men leave their families regularly. My children all know that there is no such thing as race. It is just fun cultural thing for diversity. I think my elders love my younger even more because he is mixed race. And Gabe and I don’t even grasp what that means except for fun. The poor little guy is being taught Vietnamese and is comfortable to a degree with Spanglish and a bit French. He is asking questions about me being brought up with Navajo and Hopi. Can race determine family?

Don’t even answer, the only race here is who gets to the toilet faster and that is nada, the winner just goes out in the garden. Maybe men are different races than women? For sure I am a different race than an ugly old pig. Tell me that is true please, of course I love a big pig but I don’t want to be one.

Strange But Close My Eyes Hard. And I Rock With my Friend.

I Don't Know

We spill who we are as writers. Perhaps Our hearts even bleed. Do not get up tomorrow unless you are ready to do it.

Let's Rock And Roll Baaby -- You Should Catch My Sugar Twist, it Wiil Leave you breathless.

We did square dancing in the meditation garden after this photo. A Monk Joined us.
We did square dancing in the meditation garden after this photo. A Monk Joined us. | Source
We put out pads and watched the stars arrive. God Just has to pinch us!!!
We put out pads and watched the stars arrive. God Just has to pinch us!!! | Source

Do Not Look Here

Family. How fun and terrible is that. Family is like drawing 3’s at the poker table. Not good until you get four of a kind. And then put all the love/money on the table and call the hand. Your wife will look at you strange and take all your money won. A new bike and a new dress?. For me a notel on the top of a mountain going full light and drinking in dirt. I reckon my lady has to put up with family. Some of my buddies use tents when hiking. How can you taste the sand? Plus do you really want to be all stuck up with your stinking self? But that family invites you in during a hard downpour. I think I get hiking with each other for over 40 years.

Now the hammer at 9 comes down “Son can you call a clearly dumb person dumb” “No Dad that would be horrible and I would be called a bully”. “Right on the money kid, so right and so sensitive and ‘correct’. Now do you get called names for being so smart and getting great grades? “You know I do dad”. “Is that OK by your school code of conduct?” “I don’t know dad”. “So son it is alright to be beaten up and ridiculed because you are smart but not OK if you are dumb?” “That reminds me of the stories Betty tells.” And Betty is a fine spirit and a good lady who taught hard knocked down kids for over thirty years. “She used to be your mom right Dad?” “Funny that and kind of yes, she is your big brothers and sisters mom”. We Love Betty. But she can’t surf hihihi. (No really that is funny in a good way wives are mothers) Stay focused boy. You know I come around the back door and bite your ass if you do not stay focused on the ball”. And I will. (now understand that to mean that at 10:05 am I can posit a concept and after 1 hour come back around to what my point was. Makes people crazy. I have slept through at least ten of my hour long lectures)

Why!? Keeping your eye on the ball with family is critical. You do not get to raise children yesterday or tomorrow you must do it now.

Hey you guys don’t get to love or hate me yesterday or tomorrow. You best do it now.

“Love The One You Are With”. I used to think of that as a sex justification. Perhaps it was. But then I grew a bit and say it for family. Oh the wonderful people who have loved me simply because I was with them!

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Denise it is wonderful to hear from you. I will trust that the Lord is caring for you and yours.

      Doesn't it sound so ominous raising children. But when you break it down like you do -- easy peasy. Who's important? We're important!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      2 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I love one of your ending comments, "You do not get to raise children yesterday or tomorrow you must do it now." That is good advice, whether they are your own children or someone else's children. The people we are with are the most important people in the world. Those who know and understand this are the most wise, and the most wonderful!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Fixed Buddy. I pity the poor girl who had to come in to fix it. Was that Mr. T?

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 months ago from Washington DC

      I've got the same problem, Eric, thanks for letting us know.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      I am so sorry to my readers. Some problem with my editors site not allowing publishing or even writing.

      Hopefully fixed soon We have a great sermon today.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby I was just doing some stuff and said to myself - "I am just to old for this". Realizing of course that it was great exercise. I complained to my elder and she said "Dad don't expect me to fly across the country to do your gardening". How fun is that?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      One of my favorites, 'America' by Ray Charles, I'm swaying in my chair as I type. I really dug this sermon. Family, so happy to have a family that loves others no matter what..

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Chitrangada thank you much. It is interesting that you say that because I feel I get to know them better through these hubs also.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill you are always welcome and I know just what you mean.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      There is so much in a single hub. Enjoyed reading this and your pictures are great. It seems, I know your boys so well, by reading your interesting articles. You are an ideal family person.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      William Kovacic 

      3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I'm not ignoring you, Buddy. I've been very busy lately. I know I have a lot of catching up to do. I'm sure I missed a lot.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Don't mind me Linda. I am going crazy around here again. The wet grass felt so good under my feet in the rain I "stripped down" and rolled in it. I love the rain. The boys have something to teach me today.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah you do know I do not fathom "RE - incarnation". To me a funny notion of "re". But I get your drift. I recycle I am not recycled.

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I love the way that you think. Everyone, I believe, is a part of your family, and a stranger is simply a friend you have not yet met.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 months ago from Washington DC

      And once we make all life our family where is there room for hating except for you to control others or you being controlled by others, my brother? I've always admired your since of family you make all people you've had a relationship with. Yet, as you described in an early piece where you kicked dust in the eyes of a snake just to save it's life by flinging him out of the way of your oncoming man brother speeding in a truck, you indicated all life is our family.

      If you accepted reincarnation as the means or "reaping what we sow" you would accept "race" as types of life and ethnics the different localities man originated in, is how I look at races. A race is a type of specie while the species are divided into ethnics. So keep it up, brother, we will find a common way of speaking English that will eliminate what appears on the surface to be just our babbling.

      Peace.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill -- grow up!! How much fun are we having. I have an issue with you Mr. Tissue. You write so well I can smell your quails or other birdies!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What issues? We ain't got no issues. Did you mean tissues? lol Happy Monday my friend!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Yes Chris I am reading your comment three times. I am having an issue with Acrophobia. My son says that that is really cool. "Dad you can be afraid a whole lot and get over it". Actually that would be both my 30 something son and my less than 10 son.

      Chris do you think either of us would give up one second of our nature?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela, what a great ride I am on. My youngster was quizzing on how many people sat in "your" pews. So funny and so wonderful. We have a bit around 1,000 in our loving community here.

      Gabe thought hard and said "Father Mai only has about 30".

      Of course I said that God has them and not us preachers. And of course we laughed. I love you Pamela.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      K. Let us rock on in love. If someone told me that I only had so many brothers -- I would smirk and say "you left out Manatita". I beg our Lord that I have become your's.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ann you are such a treasured friend and mentor. My nephew was asking me about such writing and said that "Dad I do not think you write these". What a blessing. "WE" write these little babies. Left to my own devices they would lock me up again. (oops did I say again?)

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      Chris Mills 

      3 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      First of all, I can't believe you drank beer and went home. You know what I would have done, don't you? Yes, you do. I would have pounded them in deep and hooked in. Scary? I laugh in the face of danger. I think somebody in a movie said that. After setting up the tent, pounding the stakes in deep, and hooking in the tent poles, I would have slept under that overhang all night without one ounce of fear. Then I would have gone home. Great article, Eric. Good questions. Challenging themes.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Climbin that clift f in the first picture looks very scary and dangerrous. I think you have lived a very interesting life Eric, and I rhink we have different times in our lives when circumstances change. Now, you are a great dad to an adorable young child. Love is alwys your focus, and what can be better? I think considering everything you have much to be grateful for as you have so many that lover you and like to read your wordrs. God bless you Eric.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Yes, it's nice to be wanted, isn't it? Not for the physicality solamente, but for the caring … sharing … togetherness.

      Family is cool and your views on relationships and sharing is appreciated.

      Yes, America and your musical choice here are both amazing! Peace!

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      This is great, Eric! You get so much into one piece and it's never a ramble - it all makes sense and you come back to the crux of the matter, always to love. You always make me think and you sweep me up in your thought-patterns; I sort of get carried along on a journey and it's great! Does that make sense?

      Love the photo of the cliff! I wouldn't even contemplate climbing anything like that, I'd definitely have a beer with you and return to terra firma. Coward? No, just sensible. My bones wouldn't stand it.

      Hope you're having a great weekend, Eric.

      Ann

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