The feast within

Dearly Beloved,

Grace and Peace to you.

“The realm of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in a field… The Realm of of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened…. The realm of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field… The realm of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind…”
         — from Matthew 13

The idea of a heaven far away and later
was invented by travel agents with tickets to sell.
Let them make their expeditions to Other Places.
Perhaps from there this land will seem exotic
and they’ll find their way home with new wonder.

But Jesus has no far-off land in mind.
Do you see?— the realm of heaven is not removed
but always inside something, hidden
close at hand, underground, under water, under
your nose. Nearer than your thinking.
Heaven is not up, my friends, but in.
It is the Seed of the World,
the Soul at the heart of all things,
the source from which all things emanate.
The realm of heaven is the heart of a cry,
the energizing dream,
the love in a love song.
The Holy One is the Center of All Things,
and we radiate from her like light,
like laughter, like the smell of a rose.

This mustard seed vibrating with delight
becomes the million million things you see
and when you reach to the center,
the love at the heart of each moment,
the soul of the person before you,
you are there.

You who are wandering
on the fringes of the royal estate,
who stand out in the outer darkness
and see the feast within, look:
the door is open.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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July 19, 2011

8 responses to The feast within

  1. Frances Bartholomeusz said:

    Your words are poetry for my soul – thank you

  2. Susan Garcia said:

    Loved this. Thanks for writing and sharing.

  3. Cindy Weber said:

    Beautiful poem!

  4. desmond howard said:

    Holding your “Feast Within” against Brian Swimme’s “Green Dragon” and other related reading, my mind fills up with a further extension to your thoughts.
    The realm of heaven is like an atom of hydrogen born in the midst of a big bang!
    The realm of heaven is like leaven, ever expanding our Universe and constantly accelerating the edges of space.
    The realm of heaven is like treasured galaxies scattered and hidden away in all of time and space.
    The realm of heaven is like a net, constantly thrown out into the far reaches of all creation, where it catches life unimaginable and ever more abundant.

  5. Wanda Childs said:

    A beautiful description of the realm of heaven. Thank you for this gift!

  6. Theresa Stirling said:

    Thanks for this lovely inspiration.

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