Grace and Peace to you.
In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
— John 2.14-16
You come before God with nothing.
No coins of accomplishment,
no doves of contrition,
nothing adequate to satisfy God.
No one’s loss, even cattle and sheep,
can save you,
no theft can pay back your theft,
no violence cover your violence,
no fracture replace your brokenness.
You come before God naked
No invocation can uphold you,
no offering present you,
no chant or incantation protect you.
The temple is empty.
The temple is silence.
The temple is presence.
With no reason
the Loving One receives you
and holds you
in perfect stillness.