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Eric's Sunday Sermon; What Are You Using to Call and Say I Love You?

Updated on July 13, 2017

This Little Boy is "Outstanding in His Field

There is no cell reception in this wonderful place.
There is no cell reception in this wonderful place. | Source

Aren't Gadgets Cool

“Dad I am so sorry I have not called in so long.” “Gabriel why would that make you sorry and I certainly hope not guilty?” “Gabriel you do know that the phone works both ways, I certainly could have called you.”

And so it goes in our world of communication. Cell phones are wonderful tools that aid in discussions and planning and saying I love you or yelling at some one. I remember “party” lines and switchboard operators and 4 digit phone numbers.

But let us get back to our Gabriel and his dad. If they are normal I imagine that they think of each other at least 10 times a day. Probably sometimes at the exact same moment. And we can presume that they love each other very much. Let us also for our purposes here allow them both to be spiritual. Probably the dad taught Gabriel about such matters as God. And hopefully Gabriel took in some and tossed a whole bunch out as religious claptrap. In truth that probably pleases dad that his son is his own man.

In this scenario both are quite well educated including in the areas of, well let us just call it theology for lack of a better more encompassing word. So let us move on to assume they pray for others including each other. And let us hope they sneak in a little prayer for themselves also.

So we have this device and or devices that allow us to instantly write each other or call and talk to each other. Holy cow we can even write to one million people all at the same time. That is really cool and I like it, though I do not do that Instagram and twitter deal. But it is very cool to take a picture with my phone (which happens to be 8 years old) and message it to someone who might like it.

Again I am not comfortable doing face to face stuff unless it is like an international serious conference. It seems to me that “selfies” serve a purpose but maybe one a week or if two family members are together to send love to others.

Interesting thoughts and technology.

HIgh On A Mountain of Love

My Son Says I Have a Buddha Belly

This is the one with all the children crawling all about.
This is the one with all the children crawling all about. | Source

A Fully Connected World - But In What Sense?

If I am not mistaken during the Korean War they would film and then ship the “can” back and make “newsreels” with TV just catching on. To my understanding it was severely edited and in black and white. Then came Vietnam. I think except for a transmission delay Dan Rather was basically seen live in color as real people dying came into living rooms. I can remember my mom not shielding me from it as she wanted me to know that they were real people dying not like the show “Combat”.

And now to my understanding there are people who cut off other people’s heads and if one is so inclined they can watch it live somehow. It is hard for me to get the idea of cutting off another human’s head. But I can in no fashion whatsoever understand millions of people watching it.

Conspiracy theories aside I watched the lunar landing. Sadly I also watched live the funeral march of JFK. I have seen the earth from outer space and I have seen thousands of feet down deep in the ocean. I watched live as the Berlin wall came a tumbling down. I watched live as the world’s fastest man ran the 100 meters. And I have watched as a pea sized tumor has been removed from a man’s head. Of all things I have actually seen live a sperm fertilizing an egg. Beginning of life itself.

We have developed this notion and idea and reality that we can be anywhere and witness anything on, above or beneath the earth. Even if just listening to a son 200 miles away we can connect with our electronics.

I tell you that this is a good thing. I remember the fall of the USSR being directly influenced by facsimilies (Fax machines). I remember the Arab Spring by cell phone. And I seem to remember simultaneously choreographed dance celebrations videoed across the world in a show of freedom where hence before there was very little.

I was on the line with my wife 4,000 miles away when her mom passed on and how good it was to hear her voice and her mine.

We see suffering now and do not just imagine it. And so we open our pocketbooks and send what help we can to relieve disasters. A village doctor in Cambodia can access specialists at the Mayo Clinic to help save a baby’s life. We can predict with amazing accuracy hurricanes and clear the area of those threatened.

And I think it important that we know all things happen with some grace from the divine but these are man’s accomplishments. Through this age of communication at our fingertips we do great things. With all this said can we now return to Gabriel and his father.

Go Tell It Brothers and Sisters!

A New Day Is Dawning

Worth getting up at 4 am and hiking a mile or so.
Worth getting up at 4 am and hiking a mile or so. | Source

Just Think of Me and I Will Be Beside of You

There is a different plane my friends. There is a plane of communication that we somehow have blocked out. We should not blame it on the above instant communication. We should not place blame on its decline anywhere. A blame game is a loser’s game. And a look into reasons for its loss of power may help in some ways but should not be our focus. Our focus should be on regaining this connectivity that we have yet too often choose to ignore.

Gabriel and his father are miles and miles physically apart. But they are so connected by love that even words pale in comparison. Does the father love the son less because he is a thousand miles away? Could we even venture to think that he loves him more? A marvelous worldwide interconnectivity exists without a device. It is called love.

We tend to think of love this or that or him or her. And that is a wonderful thing. I must admit to having more passion about somethings above others, or others above others. I recognize it. I sometimes think, hold on there, that rose is defective, should I love it less than the most beautiful? Or should I love the defective as it is more precious in its uniqueness?

It was well said that even a bad man can love those that love him. And yet it is in the loving of those who despise us that real love manifests itself. Of all the things in all the world there is only one that cannot be contained. If there is one iota of love in someone, it is connected to all other love. There cannot be a boundary or barrier to love. If Harish in India has love it is connected to Helmut in Germany. I beg the smartest of you to show where love begins and ends.

And energy that perhaps were are not meant to fully know but just to take on faith. Of course I hope this is taken in the sense in which I wrote it – only your answers matter. Wouldn’t it be funny if I intended for you to think and love as I do.

And now it would seem that when dad lays his head down at night and Gabriel does likewise, they do not need to pick up the phone and say “I love you”.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sorry for the late reply Lawrence. My song writing philosophy degree carrying son is making me do a gut check. This creativity and how it matches to form. A balance of study and expression. I am looking and I think that is our only option.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      19 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      It's still nice to hear it at times though!

      We recently did the 'Five love languages' quiz as a family, we were surprised to see we didn't score highly on the 'saying the words' but other things said it louder, but it's still nice to hear once in a while.

      Question is, am I saying it in a way the other person hears?

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      Denise W Anderson 

      20 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Just recently, I received a text from my fourth daughter, who lives several states away, with a picture of the ultrasound of her first child. I could feel the love emanating from the words spoken with the picture, not just for her unborn, but for all of us, her family circle, and the blessings of love that we have in our lives. How precious these things are! Sometimes, we forget how much they mean to us, and we get caught up in the daily activities that take us away from one another. It is never too late, or too often, to say the words, "I love you!"

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Chitrangada Sharan my mother was quite insistent that we write at least one letter a week. We were to use our best penmanship and were to say how we were doing and ask how they were doing. I remember writing to my godfather and sending it off. And I even did his lawn work once a week as he lived about a mile away.

      It was wonderful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very interesting read!

      No doubt that nowadays it is so convenient to communicate with dear ones, family and friends -- thanks to the technology! I really love it when I am able to communicate instantly with family members living thousands of miles away.

      In my younger days I used to write letters to my relatives and friends and wait patiently for their response.

      I liked the way you expressed your thoughts and mine are no different from yours.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Well ain't that something Tim. About the time you were writing your comment I was doing just that. I have some stuff to deal with today but now I will do it in a loving way.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      20 months ago from Escondido, CA

      As I read this sermon I felt like stepping outside in the arriving morning sun breaking past the horizon. Then, saying to the world, "I love you!". Communication with nature was my thoughts.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Dora. I like your term "vehicle". It is very thoughtful.

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      Dora Weithers 

      20 months ago from The Caribbean

      "It is in the loving of those who despise us that real love manifests itself." Good word. There'll always be ways to express love, but love is its own vehicle.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hi Mona it is good to hear from you. I lived in a fairly isolated area about 7,000 ft high and well over 100 miles from any city. So we were pretty far behind the times.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      20 months ago from Philippines

      I remember the nefarious party lines but not the four-digit telephone numbers. I neve dreamed that there would be a time of cell phones. Despite the advances in technology the message of "I love you" remains the same. That is very nice to know:)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda I count you a major blessing. I feel your love all the time.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      You are a poster boy for a loving man Bill!

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      Linda Lum 

      20 months ago from Washington State, USA

      "I love you" is said in so many different ways--verbal, of course, but in a glance, a touch, or a kind deed. That connectivity is a beautiful thing. I feel it with my daughters. I can tell by the sound of their voices (often just one word) or posture how they feel, and they have that same sense of me.

      Thank you for another beautiful message about love--the one element in life that binds us together.

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      Bill Holland 

      20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I can feel the love throughout each and every day, and that is food for this old man's soul.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ann, isn't that an amazing phenomenon about knowing about things as they happen just because of our connection. My elder son and I have it, just when we feel down or up. Mystery to me.

      Thank you for coming by and lifting me up.

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      Ann Carr 

      20 months ago from SW England

      Yes there is a communication that happens automatically. I know my family love me and they know I love them. I tell them as often as possible but they don't need me to do so that often!

      I too remember the days when a long-distance phone call was either to be dreaded as the harbinger of bad news or to be welcomed because something exciting was happening; now it is commonplace and it is indeed wonderful. But I don't like the constant 'pick up the phone and tell me...' psyche. I don't want to know what someone's doing each second of the day, on a blog.

      Strangely, I know when something's wrong before my daughter tells me - and she, me. Now that's communication!!

      Great Sunday Sermon, Eric. I love the way you tell us your train of thought in such a meaningful way and always with a worthwhile message.



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