A life-giving branch

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         In those days and at that time
         I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David;
         and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

                  —Jeremiah 33.15

From your heart’s dry clay a green sprig rises,
         life-giving, wealthy with buds
                  of fruit to come.

Your doubt is too small
         to keep the Holy One
                  from breaking forth.

A tree whose leaves are for the healing of the nations.
         What, that it should grow out from you!
                  What, that you did not notice!

Maybe what you know as pain
         is the swelling
                  of this strange, small, greening branch.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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