The Ten Vows

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Holy One, you who set me free,
         I have no love deeper than you,
         nor is there one I turn to instead of you.

         Knowing that you are mystery,
         I hold all my understandings of you lightly,
         lest they become more real to me than you.

         I love you and will not use you:
         I will not attempt to to claim your power
         or use my relationship with you to my advantage.

         In time’s rhythms, I practice presence in the moment,
         trusting in your grace alone,
         and resting at times, content in being, not doing.

         Shaped by a community of faith,
         I honor all those who have gone ahead of me
         creating a path of blessing that I may follow.

         I extend kindness and compassion to all living beings
         and will do nothing to diminish
         the life or well-being of another.

         Grateful for your covenant of steadfast love,
         I will live in faithful relationships with all,
         and honor those who trust in me.

         Knowing all I have is yours, I give freely;
         I will not take or keep unjustly from others,
         or satisfy myself at another’s expense.

         I will speak the truth in love,
         humbly honoring and respecting others,
         and speaking of them only as their belovedness warrants.

         I release myself from my desires,
         from the illusion that I want what others have,
         and instead find delight in what is.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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