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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Glass Half Empty

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How Full are You

What an interesting notion of there being a glass half empty. And equally strange is the notion of a glass half full. Notice when they speak of such or ask the question “Is the glass half empty or half full?” they never say of what. Without that qualifier anyone would be quite ignorant to say the glass was either. A glass is always full. The question is of what.

Personally I like air more than water. Just me. I know I need both in some form to live. But I can get fluids from many sources but only air provides air. Of course all vessels are somewhat the same. The heart is a vessel just as the pitcher of water is.

The point is clear I hope. A cup half full with water is then half filled by a vacuum or air. Most of us do not carry around a vacuum. So we assume the glass just has air in it which is life sustaining and a necessity for us. Certainly a glass filled with air is a good thing. And a glass filled with water is a good thing. Water really is H20. So even if filled with water it has air.

So what of the spiritual notion of the heart? Can it create a vacuum? The physical heart is a pump. Using valves and suction. It is a double pump. It takes in bad blood and puts out good blood by pumping it into the lungs. The physical heart is always filled with blood but the blood going out is fully oxygenized. Isn’t the spiritual heart somewhat the same? It can take in bad blood and turn out good blood.

So this spiritual blood always fills our hearts. I wonder if that blood is love. On a bad day my vessel is not filled with love. On a good day my vessel is overflowing with love. Ready to be pumped out of me and into the world. If we breathe out the warm exhausted air and suck in the oxygen from the pure air we do well. All the shrinks and gurus tell us to stop and take in large breathes of air. What do they know about this act? They have reasons regarding bodily health but also about the effect on moods and quieting the mind. Perhaps more love is there with larger breaths?

What a wonderful World


For Christians there is this concept of the blood of Christ and that we drink it in a communion. Explain that to a 5 year old. Kind of a strange notion to an outsider. But perfectly understood by the Christian who practices that ritual. I am ambivalent towards such rituals. I think we have “evolved” further and can understand that God is omnipotent and omnipresent and so we are in contact all the time. Perhaps we ignore that gift sometimes and perhaps we care not about receiving and giving that life giving love.

I have been in churches where right after receiving communion parishioners gossip in there pew. So I conclude that the ritual does not create the love of Christ, it must just be our hearts. Is it half empty with love or half filled with love? I would suggest that in the spiritual heart it is never empty. But what do we put in it?

I like nature. It is so cool. I think that if we slow down and notice it, it is like those deep breaths. Except it is better. All our senses take in the love that nature provides. Some go as far as believing mother earth is God. I cannot say much about that except that it at least is God as far as finding love and we know that God is love. (If you are skeptic read 1 John 4:16) So if we slow down and feel the love of nature we fill ourselves with His love. That will push out anything that is not love and fill it with love. Shoot even the air is cleaner. Something about plants breathing in the bad air and pumping out the good. Plant a tree I say.

What about holding a newborn. Especially if it is yours. I was adopted at birth. And I was loved and held by family. I reckon I was sucking in the love and also giving it out. I like to think of it like John adopting Jesus as his own.

Many people say “I love you” by wrote. Of course we would prefer they slow down and breathe in the love and mindfully breathe out love is their words. Well either way it is better than even thinking “I hate you”.

In general I believe that intentions and a connection with love of God fills us with the love. This is a very good thing. Isn’t it obvious that if your intentions are negative you pump out negative and not love? That is I like the word/greeting of Namaste’.

Just Imagine What You Will

Give It To Get it

I have some notions. I think praying is loving. I think reading spiritual texts is loving. I think healthy meditation is loving. I think having fun is loving. Music for sure is loving normally. I believe that work done with a smile is more loving than with a scow and probably more productive. I believe encouraging a child is more loving that correcting him with a stick as in carrot or stick. Hugging is the best medicine for someone in need of love.

I certainly do not think I could write these sermons without a heart filled with love. I think it would come out all seething like.

You are special. No matter what you are still loved. And in fact you are forgiven and you walk in grace. It is your choice to either embrace it or let it wilt in atrophy. I reckon that is what free will is mostly about.

Seems odd that the pessimist sees the glass half full. Maybe he is just thirsty. And perhaps he does not get that taking in air is also precious. Where would I be without regularly taking in big deep breathes? I understand that shallow breathing is connected to stress. It probably is a bit of the stress causing the breathing to go shallow and the breath causing stress.

“Pause and be still”. Give yourself a break today, Christian or not. And take a look at Philippians 4:8.; ” Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” This should fill your cup with love. It would be good to sit still and pause and breathe deeply and meditate and pray on such things with gratitude.

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For a last thing here about the emptiness of our vessels we look at a living every second miraculous truth. You must take action in love. You must give it away lest it turn stale. The far most perfect way to fill your heart with love is to give it away. It is so cool to intercede in havoc with love. It is one of those things that work immediately. And you do not have to wait for someone to reciprocate.

You see that God knew of your giving love before you even did it. He knows of your love and replaces it tenfold. If you give it away as a habit and routine. You just can’t think of much that is not loving. Now give me some love baby I am thirsty.


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 28, 2021:

Great sermon Eric.

Yes, both air and water are essential, and you explained it well with the analogy.

I like the way you explained, about how we can find or feel love.

As always, great sermon with words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 27, 2021:

Very good message Eric. I loved the simple way in which you were able to convert such deep thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on February 27, 2021:

Your posts are so enlightening! Thank you for sharing. ♥️

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2021:

We can all use your messages of positivity in our lives. Thanks for writing your sermons and musings on this site. It can serve to move more people in a loving direction that can impact countless others.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 19, 2021:

You initially approach that question a bit like an engineer. I enjoyed your musings here. My heart is full.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on February 18, 2021:

My loving wife says my glass is more than half full of hot air. What if our glass is half full of something we don't want it to be? I gave up beer for Lent, so now even though my glass has more than enough water it does not give me the buzz I would like.

Your sermons give my soul a buzz, so I suppose that will have to do until Easter. Beautiful words.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 18, 2021:

Eric good to see that you are writing and sharing with us your positive stories. Life is full of surprises.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 17, 2021:

Eric, if there's a Top 10 of Eric's sermons, this definitely has to be there. This is deep; I hope those who read it REALLY read it. The heart is a vessel. Is it filled with love or is there a nothingness? I certainly know what fills your heart!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 17, 2021:

Pamela I must admit that I was an adrenaline junky for most my life. Risk taking and excitement was my mode. I like being older and looking instead for peace. through love it is everywhere.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 17, 2021:

Jodah it just seemed like a good time to do it. A lot of folks need a midweek boost and more people here seem to get it on Wed. And I need the chill pill at this time.I have got to get more active here. I am missing a lot of good stuff and good friends.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 17, 2021:

Bill I get a lot of positive from you. When I write these I have to look for it sometimes. But in general I just irritate people with my Pollyanna attitude.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 17, 2021:

Dora I thank you. It is good to hear from you. I really liked your last piece. I have real issues and it seems that optimism is a cure for mostr things. Anyway for me.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 17, 2021:

Ann I was thinking about good fresh produce in the water as well. Perhaps the scent would also fill the air. I can feel the love coming from you -- YAHOO

Ann Carr from SW England on February 17, 2021:

So the glass is always full! Good to ask 'of what?'; it's changed my view of that phrase, although I've always said that I regard my glass as half full - ever the optimist!

Love, as always, is the key. Nature is full of love and so can we be. I like to show my love. Sending some over to you and all my hubber friends!


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 17, 2021:

Eric, this article is outstanding. True, I have never thought to ask full of what. What a concept! "Connection with love of God fills us with the love." Thanks for pumping some positivity into the atmosphere, into our minds, today.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 17, 2021:

Wonderful! There was about a twenty year period when I just couldn't see the positives no matter how hard I tried. Love delivered me out of that dark tunnel, so I'm with you all the way now, buddy. Let it Love!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 17, 2021:

If that glass isn’t half full of water, and topped up with air than let it be full of love. How many glasses do you want? Nice sermon Eric, even though it isn’t Sunday. Any day is the right time for good advice.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 17, 2021:

This is another good sermon about love, and I want to embrace love. I think you are loved by your family and by all your faithful Hubbers that look forward to your sermons, Eric. There is such peace when you have a loving heart.

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