One thing is needed

Dearly Beloved,

Grace and Peace to you.
         
         Martha, Martha, you are worried
                  and distracted by many things;
         there is need of only one thing.

                           —Luke 10.41-42

There will be the clutter and clatter of pans,
the rumble and jumble of traffic and trains,
the brambles of papers and lists and calls,
the beaten paths, the errands, the chores.

You don’t have to rattle and run with them.
You can do one thing at a time.

You can stop
and sit at the feet of the moment,
pay reverent attention to whatever it is,
and listen to the silence beneath the hum,
and simply be
in the the presence of the presence.

In all your doing that you surely must do,
you still can just be.
And your being
will become
what you do.

In the stillness within the action
sits the Beloved
who is not distracted with many things,
but only wants to sit awhile with you.

       
        
         
Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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July 12, 2016  Leave a comment

God grant you grace

Dearly Beloved,

Grace and Peace to you.
         
         
God grant you the eyes of heaven
         to see each person’s divine belovedness
                  and so find joy.

God grant you a listening heart
         to hear the cries of the silenced,
                  and so gain wisdom.

God grant you humility
         that unburdened by yourself
                  you may be free.

God grant you courage
         to enter the world’s dark wounds,
                  and so bring healing. 

God grant you patience,
         to know the strength of the long journey,
                  and so be given hope.

God grant you a heart of love,
         to be moved to action,
                  and so receive deep peace.  

God grant you God’s own spirit
         to share in the healing of the world,
                  and so know God’s deep delight.

         

         
         
Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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July 11, 2016  Leave a comment

Rage

        

God of Love and Justice,
I do not pray for peace.
I pray for rage,
rage at the ways of evil and injustice,
rage that burns and transfigures this sick world.
I do not pray for mercy, but wrath
upon us who have power to speak and do not.
I do not pray for comfort, but for disturbance
that will not let us rest or wait,
but make us work and witness until we are done.
I do not pray for safety but fear,
fear for the souls of all of us
who shelter ourselves behind violence,
whose prayer shawls are soaked
with the tears of the oppressed.
I do not pray that you save us
from our evil. Let it burn in our hands
until we renounce it.
Let us who have exiled ourselves
suffer our loneliness
until we re-unite with those we have dismissed.
Let us stand outside the gates of paradise
until we enter the lives of those who suffer.
O God, you are today no Good Shepherd
but the Crucified Prisoner,
God of love and Justice,
for the sake of love and justice,
disturb us.

____________________
Steve Garnaas-Holmes
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July 8, 2016  Leave a comment

Colossians 1.9-14: a prayer

                  
As I pray I give thanks
for the saints who have not ceased praying for me.

God, grant me awareness of your delight,
and deep spiritual wisdom and understanding.
May I live life in harmony with Christ,
life that gives you delight.
May I bear fruit in every good work,
and deepen my mindfulness of you.

Give me strength
with all the strength that comes from your glorious power,
and the patience to endure.

Holy One, I give you my deep gratitude and joy,
for you have included me with all the saints,
inheriting your light.
You have rescued us from the power of darkness
and transferred us into the Realm of the Beloved,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Alleluia!

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
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July 7, 2016  Leave a comment

Samaritan

         
         Which of these three, do you think,
         was a neighbor to the man
         who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

                  —Luke 10.36

I lie in beds my enemy has paid for.
A foreigner has healed my wounds.
One I despise has rescued me.
I need to lie here a while.

The Beloved says,
I come to you from the Other Side,
I come to you from within.
This paradox you hate
is what you love about me.
Have you not disguised your own deepest self
as your enemy?
Befriend us, friend.

Only one who is not your kind can save you.
Only a stranger can make you a home.

I touch you from so deep within you
it is far away.
I touch you and heal you.

         
         

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
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July 6, 2016  Leave a comment

Plumb line

         I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people.
                 —Amos 7.8

How easy it is to be off balance,
to be askew,
to not see straight.

How easy it is to let my own leanings
distort what I think is upright.

When I build a great tower
and see it is off plumb,
do I have the courage
to destroy and rebuild?

God, help me
to discern justice,
to see love,
to stand straight.

Give me faith
to hold a plumb line
to this world — 
to be a plumb line:
to stay true,
to bear witness,
held in your hand,
suspended by your grace.

____________________
Steve Garnaas-Holmes
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July 5, 2016  Leave a comment

Independence Day prayer

On this day of independence
I give thanks for my freedom, and pray
for those who are not free:
for those in prison or living under oppression,
for the poor and exploited,
for those robbed of land and culture
for the sake of mine,
for those who labor under heavy burdens
for the sake of my comfort,
for those who are imprisoned
to satisfy my race’s hunger for superiority,
for those who fear for their safety
because of their bodies.

I confess I pretend independence
from those who suffer, or are different,
so I need not care,
I need not see them as myself.
I repent of my independence.
May their unfreedom weigh upon me.
May my love of freedom be not glib or abusive.
Deepen my gratitude, humility and longing for justice.
Deepen my resolve not just to flaunt my own freedom
but to work for the freedom of all.
For until we all are free,
none of us is free.
God of life, set us free.
Amen.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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July 5, 2016  Leave a comment

Vessel of peace

         

         Whatever house you enter,
                  first say, “Peace to this house!”
         And if anyone is there who shares in peace,
                  your peace will rest on them;
                  but if not, it will return to you.

                           —Luke 10.5-6

I am a vessel of your peace.
Whatever situation I enter into today,
whoever I meet, I will bear peace to them.
If they receive it, we will both know peace.
If not, peace will remain with me.
I will still be a vessel of peace.

Spirit, set me at peace.
Harmony binds me together,
gives rest to my body,
mercy to my soul,
deep peace breathing in me,
filling me to overflowing.
I am a vessel of your peace.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
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July 1, 2016  Leave a comment

Burro

         
         My friends, if you see someone do wrong,
                  restore them with gentleness.
         Help them out of that pit;
                  don’t climb into it yourself.
         Bear one anther’s burdens:
                  this is what the law is really about.
         Don’t embarrass yourself
                  thinking you’re better than others.
         Do work you yourself are proud of;
                  don’t fuss about your neighbor’s.
         Live your life, not somebody else’s.

                           — Galatians 6.1-5

God I confess
I want so instinctively to prove my worth
by comparing it to another of less worth.
Free me from this illusion, this cruelty.
Give me the courage to claim my own life,
to lay my own boundaries, to sing my own song,

I confess
I seek my own heaven, not your peaceable Realm.
I want escape, not harmony.
Give me faith to belong to the whole,
to give and receive, to support and depend.

God, I repent of my superiority,
for I am of no help from up there.
Help me be a humble servant,
a willing, available partner,
a peaceable member of the Realm of Mercy.
May my life be a sacrament of sharing,
lifting others up, carrying burdens.

I would not be not a noble eagle
flying above, detached,
surveying those beneath me,
but a burro among friends,
gladly bearing my load.

         
         

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
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June 30, 2016  Leave a comment

Psalm of the threshold

         
Eternal One, I praise you on this threshold;
         the door I open is to you.
Under your eye I pack my belongings;
         in your arms I move to a new place.

By your Spirit guide my hand
         to take only what you give me
         and leave the rest;
to bring with me what is truly need
         and leave behind what is unneeded.
Give me faith to trust
         what cannot be left behind,
and to release what I thought was part of me
         but was only the leaves of a season.
Give me grace to say goodbye
         even to myself
and turn and welcome the new day,
         even in my own soul.

God of time and story,
         may I ever dwell on thresholds,
between then and not yet,
         in the present, moving.
By your grace open doors;
         by your grace lead me through them.
For every door is your eye
         and every path is the palm of your hand.

         
         

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
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June 29, 2016  Leave a comment

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