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Peace Be Upon You My Brothers and Sisters: Ramblings Eric Style

Updated on August 18, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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No this is not a sermon but doesn’t the title sound like one – Oops I meant “won”. Peace be upon you is such a wonderful thing. I am not a Catholic, but I just love some of it. I sometimes, not enough, attend a first Mission to Norte California. (That means California) I am a peace be upon you dude. I do not even get peace be upon you. But so many have blessed me with those words. “Peace Be Upon You” is so cool. And when I say it, I danged well mean it for you.

Peace be upon you my friend, for everyone is my friend and everyone deserves peace. Excuse me, I am bleeding from my eyes. Isn’t that a great concept? It simply means tearing up. My ten year old gets it and never cries yet. Can you imagine having such a great childhood? I cannot. Peace be in your heart and mind. Let it be in your smile.

I was quite the bare knuckle fighter some years ago. I am not young chronologically. Funny that thought of age. I am certainly younger than I was. So the broken fingers and joints in the hand are/were arthritic. But I tossed out my medication. I concentrated really hard on putting my peace upon my hands. My Lord, they are typing away. They kind of hurt. So I wish them peace and they work just dandy like candy. I now wonder about the pain. Maybe just a wake up call to enjoy life even through pain. How cool is that?

Peace be upon all your troubles and hurts. Peace be upon your thoughts of others and just as important to every part of your body and soul. I have been working on it for over 30 years but I am starting to just get it yesterday if that makes sense. No probably not. My little right hand finger is acting up. OK finger I will wish more peace upon you. Isn’t that crazy thinking. Hey do not think you can do this in one day.

I am wrong there. Awake of body can just happen without years. Music. It is hard but learn some more about music today. I will not explain that idea. Take it or leave it. But maybe just a nursery song.

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Now check this out for incongruity. I am one hardcore Christian. 80 percent of the time I pray and Jesus walks with. Seriously I do that praying deal constantly and unceasingly. For most that sounds really strange. My wife just gets blown away by it.

That church mission thing is just what I like to do. I am religious to a nothing. But a whole bunch of people from all walks and locations getting into “Peace be upon you” is a trip. Did I mention that in that church ground my youngest learned to walk? Probably just coincidence but I do not really buy into coincidence. I think a butterfly flapping its wings in Russia affects my life. Hey now I can act normally I just choose abnormally.

My knees give me give me grief. I fully abused them growing up. So I take my arthritic hand and put them on my knees and rub real hard until everything is hot. Bye Bye pain. So funny if you think about it. I pray --- Thank you for being alive when I do it. I need to go see a shrink. I have two friends that are psychiatrists both tell me I am certifiable crazy/insane. My son told me that he was not weird but only strange. I wonder about that as he is a certifiable genius at ten years old. I have only put in a minor in psychology and studied it for hundreds of hours and the best I can come up with is “peace be upon you”

I think my boy gets that I like his quirks more than his achievements and normalcy. Can I be normal in doing that as he wrote out and taught himself Amazing Grace on the key board? Sorry son but you are not only strange but weird.

I turn out all the lights right a dark. You can see the planets and stars and moon better with our high powered binoculars or bare eyed.

So the boy took the basketball in the dark. Fine. But then he shot it in the air and then headed it and then caught it behind his back. Now if I drank and smoked like most of my past life I would not believe that. But in my garden chair I saw it. I am not heavy but I am his brother. Peace be upon him. Did I mention he speaks two languages and dabbles quite well in Spanglish and a bit of Filipino? Now that boy needs more play time and peace upon him. Come on now, so do you.

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I would say that I am no genius but that would be a lie. I know for sure that peace be upon you will make you better all the way around. I do not and will not pretend to understand that. It almost makes no sense.

Have you ever played a wooden flute. Do it. Just the blowing through it will calm your spirit. And peace will come upon you, this I promise. Better yet get some bamboo and mess around with blowing into it. We are scientifically knowing that the blowing out of air does something to bring peace upon you. Did I mention that that knowledge is at least 4 thousand years old? Or is that 4 thousand years young? I do know that those who have passed breathe peace into me.

I have six rocks my boy and daughters have given me. They are rubbing stones. Get at least one, they are like worry or praying beads. I have one with a nob on it and one rough. But most are smooth baby. I have a river rock in my hand now as I peck this out with one hand. We must all learn to play a piano with one hand, I stink at it.

Sorry for a delay here. I had to get up and dance at 7 o’clock in the morning. I am weird and strange and Yahoo to that. Did I mention that I just went outside and dug my hand down into my garden dirt and let it sift though my hands? Just let my ramblings filter through your thoughts. But let peace upon you.

I am older than most people. But I am on fire with love. Join me. Bless yourself with love upon you. Peace is the result of love. Love that bad back. Put peace upon it.

Today already I am having more fun than most in a week. Normally I would say to not look at me. But in my weekly study of German/ Deutsch I say look over here. I am saying peace be upon you and you are exploding with love.

Do not stare at your hands and knees like me. Stare at your heart, like my feeble brain should do. Put peace in your heart at first just for you. Really nurture yourself. And then say peace be upon you to your wife or dog or cat. Get it done right now. Hey how about we both go out today and say it to an enemy. Not for them, just for us. How fun.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lori, thank you for giving us this prayer from the the wonderful Francis. Hey, I am printing it up as it should be recited more often.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Flourish perhaps now is a good time to send my prayers aloud to you. I fear that in death of loved ones there becomes a great deal of "flurry". In the first hours. I wish peace in the time now you have to reflect. Your story here will always be in my heart, your sharing it has been a blessing to me.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you I read and came back to read your comment again. I is beautiful.

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      Lori Colbo 

      11 months ago from United States

      My favorite prayer:

      Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

      Where there is hatred, let me sow love

      Where there is injury, pardon

      Where there is doubt, faith

      Where there is despair, hope

      Where there is darkness, light

      And where there is sadness, joy

      O Divine Master, grant that I may

      Not so much seek to be consoled as to console

      To be understood, as to understand

      To be loved, as to love

      For it is in giving that we receive

      And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned

      And it's in dying that we are born to Eternal Life


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      11 months ago from USA

      Eric, I stayed with my dying grandmother all night on her last really bad night. I connected her via phone to my brother who talked about Jesus with her as I am not religious, I comforted her physically the best way I could as she was suffering and agitated, and when I left I wished her peace. She died quietly about 24 hours later.

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, that Peace idea can be great therapy. We must have peace in order to offer it; and if we venture to offer it without having it, it will still affect . Will try it to see what happens. Thanks!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Vikram I am listening to a Sanskrit Gayatra Mantra. That peace just flows over me.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda that reference to beyond our understanding is beautiful. I am so happy not understanding but that took twenty years to understand. I will keep learning but never learn.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      11 months ago from Assam, India

      I also believe in living a peaceful life and I will make sure I search for peace within me. Thanks, Eric for sharing this article with us.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Liz I just can't get over my addiction to peace, joy and love. They just cannot figure it out medically.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Devika you always support, encourage and add to my life thanks. I was just thinking about when you were writing about moving to Croatia. Thanks.

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      Linda Lum 

      11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, today I believe you are the reincarnation of St. Paul. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6–7)"

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      This is definitely a peace-filled article.

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eric a peaceful life and away from what harms us is all we need. You have a positive and most encouraging mond.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I find peace young Pamela. Too hot today. Doc says to get out of it. I reckon they mean age and cancer. I will go for a good ride with air con. There is nothing that is not fun in my mind. Peace be with us.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think we all want peace in our lives and peace in our country also. Having a bit of fun is also nice. I really like your choice of music today too. This is a very good article, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I like that Danny. I am "on hold" on the phone with a government agency. I can hardly wait for them to pick up. 23 minutes so far. So I can bless the soul who answers.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill my brother you just reminded me that we do not need to say. Between us friends it is just assumed.Let the sun shine on your garden but not too danged hot.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Rania, a scold on me for not including our Muslims and Hindu people.

      I think Islam predates Christian in this knowing and Sanskrit predates all.

      So wonderful to read your comment Maybe this notion predates man.

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      11 months ago from India

      Yes, peace is the elusive thing that humans have longed for since ages. It like a butterfly that flutters away so quickly. Those who are contented in what they are and know how to navigate the real world situation are the real peace bringers.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I like the Latin better...Pax Vobiscum...sounds more peaceful, don't you think? We old altar boys never forget that Latin training. I actually liked being an altar boy and no, I never snuck a drink of wine. I saved that for twenty years later. :) Peace be with you, my friend.

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      Rania Heikal 

      11 months ago from Egypt

      “Peace be upon you” is the greeting in Islam too and is the traditional one in the arab and islamic world. I like your indulgence In the concept of peace till it reaches the deep perception and co-existence with pain of all sorts. Thank you for the new vision of the word.


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