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My Father's spirit lives through his all writers know and understand like no other.


Today I heard the reedy call of a blackbird.-it took me away> both time & place…I WAS AGAIN 17 years old, carrying my rifle in an untouched field in Nebraska. I could feel the summer- smell the blesbadeza & pasture grass, I could see & hear the swarms of blackbirds swaying from perches on green cattails bordering a small pond.
                 .…Dunk was with me….
I admired his liver & ticked coloring.
Our mind and soul expresses BEYOND words – INSTANTLY, in the purest of complexities. Even the spontaneity of conversation, not refined by the written & ultimately changed word, is impeded by the taking of time to say the works…The “MOMENT” is past. Trying to suspend on paper thoughts so quick & radiantly clear is impossible! Expressions of experiences are diluted…and at times we temper honest & wholesome feeling to shield vulnerabilities…and lose the very essence.
I enjoyed the writings yours and SK…I treasure more your sharing (so hard for me to show self). In response I’ve offered some thoughts- too stiff and impure- that I will argue with you next time, on the opposite side of course…you DO know that-
So, what are “MOMENTS” – Soren’s, Jeff’s, Ed’s- are they dreams or visions...past or future...mind-soul, in or out of body?? “MOMENTS’ have been since time beginning, but are not gifted to all men. Those who surrender fear and inhibitions, to faith and are rewarded.
Rare and cherished “moments” are communions…a window with God!
        We need a guide – a teacher
SAY: AMEN, and thank you Lord!!
But woe – here’s the babble – confusing BABBLE!
Man chooses NOT to accept simplicities – nor recognize basic tenets. Instead, man seeks and embellishes complications. He muddles through his self-made awkward confusions for brief episodes of explicit clarity and tranquility. We invest an obligation to over exercise our brains, needless abuse in misdirected testing to infinite capacities, some even violating the sanctity of body & mind with chemicals…foolish often to the confusion of our very soul. Paul says: “Foolish minds become dark and confused.”
We play games, and transform fiction to convenient fact – unpleasant truths to fantasy. Our “what if’s and “let’s suppose,” when misdirected and abused, are pyramids to conflicting scenarios that mesmerize to false acceptance… only to find superficial peace in perversion of honesty>>
Nothing pure – basic – simple….
Gives fools “sophisticated” complications....
It’s stimulating – it’s healthy too when within the parameters of the Supreme Authority. We must explore the options – travel all the roads – stretch ourselves to the full spectrum…but know our acceptable baseline, reach out-but be willing to return to our own true self. We need to be familiar with despair –yes, know failure and from those low measure, rise to the tumult of emotional release in happiness.
        Please, search – find the truths, find YOUR reality…
                To fit yourself therein.
Please too, exercise the integrity that manifests in wholesome behavior – there are prudent limits – but never retard personal growth. Be inquisitive-explore! With “normal” progression we slow to stalemate (stagnate). Venture outward – leap peak to peak until achievements in new knowledge becomes an expanded resource for stretching imposed boundaries beyond familiar views. Many are not imbued with genetic where-with-all, or develop the stamina & “grit” needed for informed growth...many are just plain lazy.
For all man’s journeys there is a price to pay. Your mountain climber pays in part with scrapped knees, bumps & bruises – exhaustion. While climbing, his achievement to median points fuels ambition for the ultimate pinnacle…(more-more, higher-higher), for heights & views maybe never reachable. But he keeps going, creating pleasure even in pleasure un-fulfilled…desire in another’s vacuum. Searchings-searchings can spawn confusion. Where is contentment –my fulfillment….
                                Then often, because he craves fruition…
                …The “MOMENT”
        And what is the reality (or is it apparition) in those fleeting fogs of brilliant clarity…who can understand the burst of emotional oneness- all senses acute!
Those precious moments that are spontaneous and un-controlled…moments that are whole- pure- clear & uncluttered…that cannot be artificially induced. What are they…why do they happen?
        These “MOMENTS” are communions...a glimpse into our book on unending life- past & purpose & peace and Communions often take place when you are alone-remote-away from the routine, and many times the stage is the majesty of creation. The phrase “commune with nature is meritorious.”
For all man’s journeys there is a price to pay. The admission to life with communion is
      ** LOVE – FAITH – BELIEF **
So simple…costs nothing, but some deny it.     Most journey through this life in the turmoil of elaborate deductions – labor searching years to acceptance of the definitive truth...LOVE, FAITH, BELIEF!!   “The man who finds life finds it through faith and trust.” (Romans 1:18)
WE DON’T NEED TANGIBLE FACT TO PROVE BASIC TENETS THEY ARE ABSOLUTE!!             Our patriarchs Abram, Isaac, Jacob had no commandments…they are & were before the law- (the laws no one but Christ could Keep) But they too shared “moments.” (Jacob even physically wrestled with God in one of his bursts of communion)    To receive the “sacrament” of moments” is not a matter of being good. As Paul teaches – “Acquittal is not based on good deeds, it is based on faith in is a GIFT” !!!

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  • Freedom Is Never Free (Friday, February 03, 2012)
  • Love Everlasting (Wednesday, January 25, 2012)
  • From Father to Son (Thursday, December 01, 2011)
  • Father's favorite excerpts (Thursday, December 01, 2011)
  • The Grade (Wednesday, November 23, 2011)
  • It Had Been A Long Year (Thursday, November 17, 2011)
  • Love is for the Birds (Friday, September 30, 2011)
  • Haunting Eyes-Part Two (Friday, August 19, 2011)

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