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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; ‘I Had To or I Got To’ or I had to?, Your Choice

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Another Canyon

These places are brutal.

These places are brutal.


I was doing stuff. I realized it was Saturday and I had to write the sermon. I got set up for what I had to do. I simply had to. Oops. I have got to? “Got to” is a real fun word here. I “got to” in the future is not so good. I “got to” in the past tense is cool. Eric’s Sunday Sermon is fun because Eric’s Sunday Sermon is a get to and got to. Future and past tense?

At any rate I get to write this Eric’s Sunday Sermon – probably two of them as the first often is a real stinker. But not this one, I just get that feeling.

Well I reckon we should get a right to it. (that was so fun I got to write those few words, maybe I should just stop!)


This is a rare occasion when looking back is as good as being in the moment and anticipating the future. I forgot to mention “gotten”. Which reminds us of forgotten. Or “ill gotten”. I am saying it again that this is fun. I “get” love until I have gotten over my ego.

A very strange thing happened over the last half of a decade. I did not try to get what people wanted from a sermon. Now that might sound bad but it is great. I just kept writing and “preaching” and then all of the sudden people “got” what I was writing. But if I got what I know now I would not be getting it now. See, I told you the “tenses” are wild here.

All of that is probably just interesting to me. I get that. But what I do not get is that it is interesting to so many that are totally different than me. Could love be an international world wide deal? Well I think we just have to accept that it is. Egypt to San Francisco, Toronto to Hong Kong and Korea to Argentina – I could go on. So while I do not really get love, love would appear to have gotten me. And by golly you!

Maybe we should address the possessive notion of god and have. I have a wonderful son. I got a great wife. The concept of “will” is fully at play here and is “be”.

I wonder why all these tenses and possessive terms permeate our lives so much.

I Was Born Bad Hihihihi

This Lady Loves Me?

Some things make no sense!!

Some things make no sense!!

Strange Thinking

I am living in the moment relishing yesterday. How do today and tomorrow promise to be better than yesterday and this morning. And how can I have loved more a year ago than I will tomorrow even after I have gotten loved. Oh my as I finish this life was so good yesterday. Slimy ocean bay sand beneath my boy’s and my feet.

There is a constant ringing of a nonsense bell called living in the now. That is preposterous. By the billionth of a second that stimulus is recognized in my brain the now is now the new now. And on and on. But I and you get the notion of “moment”. The “moment” is wholistic or as most say “holistic”. A real concept of moment includes the got, get, gotten and getting. Did we forget that we “got to” the border just in time?

Time and how we view it is just so cool. I believe in a God of Love. My Bible tells me so. Well so do Native Americans, Muslims and the Bhagavad Gita, and the Dalai Lama. Go figure that out and try to argue against it. So anyhow that means omnipresent, omnipotent and alpha, omega and that laying down 8 called infinity. I do not make this up. So like the tenses of be and got and have love is in all tenses. How I loved yesterday will be reflected in how I love even post mortem. Carpe Diem friends for that is a lifetime of today.

Check it out. It is not complicated. Just let go of timelines. Yesterday I was blessed to “launch” 3 sail boarders. So fun.

Did I mention that peace is not love? Nope. Love is peace. Peace comes from love. Love does not come from peace. Take it easy that is not my thought. That just happened. I do not get that. Be careful reading my stuff as I often do not control it.

Do not look at me and think, how exciting. Look at me and see you. I see me in you. Maybe (back to the thoughts) I see you as yesterday. No, no and no. You are today. Glory be. What you say must not be judged by your yesterday. “Reputation” is past tense. My sister speaks her heart today. What it was yesterday is not my concern, I love her tomorrow. I spend too much time today preaching. It don’t mean nothing tomorrow. I cannot present tense love, I must present tense be loving.

On the Way There

Coming or Going!

Coming or Going!

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I knew It

Live It Baby!

For this last piece I got a bunch of whatever. You may do well just hanging up the phone. This last chapter here is like something from nothing. Wow! “Something from nothing”. Bring that on brother. Bring home the bacon honey.

Well here it is. You have it and not me. So let us get down and dirty about what you got. Yahoo. Better about you than me.

You are awesome, yesterday. Wait did I just say yesterday and “are”. Happy days my friend. You are also happy today. And by jingles you are awesome tomorrow. What. Let us pause and think of Got To. I got nothing here. Leave me alone. Leave you alone. We do not get to do that. Get!

I have “got” to go. I have got to go outside for the sunrise. I have to turn in my chair and listen to music. No offense to you. But; do you know get to? Please my friend, suffer today. You get to and you got it in you. Today is a bad day. But I get to make it glorious. I got some love. Cancer be damned. Hey. I just got to choose for this hour of this day. Is that get to or got to?

Now choose to love. I am there for your heartbreak. I get to be. Lean on me, I have got the love. Does “given” fit in here?

My neck hurts real bad. I get to go outside and stretch it out. That is now a got to. Do like me and get up and dance. I get to. I was in a wheel chair for a stretch of time. I got to learn wheelies and banks and arm work out. Left break and hard with the right. So fun. I can spin on a dime. I got to love wheelchairs. Get.

Seize the day or they say Carpe Diem. Be you. You get to be you. No one is as special in your way like you. You get to be you. Have your got that? Others to not love you. They love who your what you have gotten. Make that got love.

Peace be in you and with you, and to all you touch. Yesterday, today and tomorrow are all love. Love does not know time. Got and get and gotten, are funny. Love does not get that game. I love you a year ago without even knowing you. And tomorrow for no reason.


Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 23, 2020:

Lorna thank you for your insights. I smile at your coming late deal, funny.

Lorna Lamon on August 23, 2020:

I have never been in time for church and I am late to this sermon Eric. However, I enjoyed this coming together of different thoughts. I feel that love is the one constant, throughout this piece. I can't argue with that as it's the strongest of all our emotions, and with it we can overcome anything.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 21, 2020:

Dora I just came out of it. Meditating on 2 Cor 2:5. Is it a God "given" love or a God "leased" deal. I am leaning toward forgiveness as the cost of our mortgage..

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 21, 2020:

Thank you Mary. I like your choices. You and I got that mutual respect going on!!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 21, 2020:

Linda this is a wild ride.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 20, 2020:

"No one is as special in your way like you." Thanks Eric, and back at you! You are such a treasure in this my "now" moment; and has been so many times over.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 18, 2020:

The message for me after reading this is to choose love. We have a choice and to consciously choose love is the call in today's world of no respect, decency, and empathy.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

John, well by golly jingles and hell's bells and cocker shells. I think your now is tomorrow. Spent years on that side of our Pacified and have not a clue. I was doing a walk about in Sidney. My compass that I use was all messed up --- or maybe not????

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 17, 2020:

Eric, I hate to bring up the "H" word, but he's precocious. Could his moodiness be related to an oncoming hormone storm?

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

Flourish I just sent out a big old prayer for you. My boy did also although he does not have a clue. Hihihi. How can it hurt to have a ten year old pray for you?

In my intentions friend.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 17, 2020:

I “had to” come read this and I have still “got to” go catch up with a few other articles. It is hard not to fall behind in my reading lately..anyway, better late than never. Then again it can’t be late because it’s now not tomorrow. Nice sermon, Eric.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 17, 2020:

That’s very kind to send your love to my grandmother. I called a religious relative since I can only talk to her about joy, peace, love, kindness, and the bliss of returning to all that ever was and ever will be. I put him on speakerphone so he could probably quote scripture and talk Jesus to her. It helped.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

Thanks Linda. You know me, I ask question with nearly no clue what that answers are.

Gabe is angering me this morning. He is just being not happy. What the heck?!

So we do not ever say you have got to be happy. He has got to be Gabe. I bet when I squirt him with the hose he will sing a different tune. Living life is so fun.

Danny from India on August 17, 2020:

Your sermon series are inspiring Eric. Moreover, they also resonate love, strength & peace.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 17, 2020:

Eric, my thoughts are bouncing around like a ping pong ball. Your writing does that to me sometimes.

So, just to get even I'm going to toss a thought over the net to mess with your mind a bit. Time is a concept constructed by man. For God there is no time. There is no end, and there was no beginning. There is no need for time once you leave this world. {{Smile}}.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

Paul I just checked my blood pressure and it is great. I guess I just had to check it for no reason. I have got to stop worrying about getting healthy as I am for a 40 year old.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

Bill thank you. You just got me to write and article called "Peace be Upon You". I hope it meets with your rigorous standards friend.

Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on August 17, 2020:

Beautiful sermon, Eric. I get it. I would say more but right now I gotta go! Be well and have a wonderful day.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 17, 2020:

You said it all so clear - I think, Eric. I got to, no I have, no I need to sort this out. I got your main thoughts? I have your main thoughts? Oh, I don't know. Great piece of writing!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

William Holland, my French is quite rusty but I am sure you will get my drift; Merci Beau Coupe -- Oh well I should practice more.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 17, 2020:

Hello again Eric!

I have completed 8 years on Hubpages in April. Therefore, I am sure that we are good friends since the last 8 years. And, I hope that this friendship continues forever.

Thank you so much.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 17, 2020:

I'm not sure what I could add to this, or how I could enhance it. Life is love, and love, for us, is life, or at least it should be, but dammit it all, I sure do get confused sometimes, so maybe this is one of those times?


Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

Chitrangada -- Have we been good friends here for over 5 years? We have shared our souls. Thank you.

Now my boy and I were having so much fun just messing around we asked the fun question about what rich people were doing to have this much fun.

What a great week this will be.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

Swati what a nice and generous comment. I just love writing these sermons. I hope every one of them leaves some of me on the pages.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 17, 2020:

Thanks for sharing another wonderful sermon, Eric.

I have got to go, I have to keep going on—Thanks for providing all the positive thoughts, and the message of love and peace, for the week.

Thank you and good day.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

Thanks for letting me in Flourish. Let the warmth of love flow over you and provide you strength and weakness in these hours.

Could you take some time and write us about your mom? I would just really like to hear about her life through your eyes.

I ask my Lord to send you angels.


Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 17, 2020:

Thank you Sannyasi

I appreciate your comment. Yes I do a wrap up in my last segment. I usually get real emotional there.

Swati Khandelwal from Nainital on August 17, 2020:

Hey, Eric whenever I read your post it's brought so much of positivity in me. It's amazing to read your write-ups. Keep inspiring us with your brilliant work.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 17, 2020:

Peace comes from love. A nice message as I sit here beside my dying grandmother. Hers is not an easy or quick passing. She has many children and grandchildren but yet she has but a few attendants. And so it is. I have come here out of love to help shepherd her into peace if I can.

Sannyasi Raja from Durgapur, West Bengal, India on August 16, 2020:

The last part is very good

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 16, 2020:

Rania I was just being happier than a man should be. My 10 year old came up and slapped my hand and told me to get it together. We laughed so hard. I reckon we just don't know "not happy" and full of love. Piano and clarinet in a bit.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 16, 2020:

Pamela, you are kind. My boy and I are having of tough day of it. We are hot and want to eat more Ice Cream but not get fat. Oh well. A water fight in a bit should cure what ails us.

Rania Heikal from Egypt on August 16, 2020:

Phenomenal! Really a genius piece. God created different peoples, languages and religions but made love without borders and time. Day is the blessing we have now and yes we should seize It. Thank you for the great thoughts.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 16, 2020:

I believe in a God of Love and love is what makes live so precious. I like this sermone of love, Eric, as love of our family and people around us makes life s precious. Have a great week, Eric.

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