Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

He comes without armor
among spears and shields,
stripped of all that,
only in skin

so easily pierced
by splinters or thorns,
so easily opened,

and she alone
who lives in skin

and knows she cannot save him
but only offer
a soft place to fall

and grants him
this lone gentleness,
a laying on of hands,

an opening
among closed things,
a tenderness
among hard things,

a communion
of vulnerability,

a touch upon his skin.

God closes his eyes,
oil running down his beard,
and weeps
with her empty jar.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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