Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
         As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
         When he had said this, he breathed on them
         and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

                  —John 20. 21-22

Jesus, your Beloved, is dead,
no longer present, no longer able
to give those gifts, to heal and bless,
no longer able to love,
and it has laid you low,
and in the locked room of your loss
suddenly he breathes his spirit into you
—this is all he came to do,—
fills your blood with his pulsing love,
his passionate nevertheless,

and the one who is miraculously alive after all
is you.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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