Grace and Peace to you.
I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me,
and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to this temple.
The messenger will purify you and refine you like gold and silver.
—Malachi 3.1, 3
I am confident that the one who began a good work in you
will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
Prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight a path for God.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us.
You can’t level mountains and valleys;
that’s what you’ve been exhausting yourself
trying to do for too long.
You won’t purify yourself.
The Holy One has begun something in you
beyond your control:
a great dawning in you,
an opening of a new way,
a becoming more purely who you are.
A holy pregnancy
of The One within you.
In stillness, let the dawn of God rise in you.
In wonder, cherish the unnamed Coming One
who stirs in you.
Welcome with delight what is only faintly appearing
in the depths of your own soul.
With compassion for this divine infancy in you,
open your heart
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