Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
         Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
         The Lord is near.
         Do not worry about anything,
         but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
         let your requests be made known to God.
         And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
         will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

                  —Philippians 4.4-7

Trust that the Lord is near, nearer than your nerves.
The Breather of your Breath,
the bright energy of your being
radiates through you.

Trusting your Beloved’s blessing,
knowing that you are held,
that your fears are swallowed up in grace,
your desires burned up in a greater longing,
knowing the Beloved’s delight in you,
and joy in being with you,
you are at peace.

The light of this peace fills and flushes
the shadows of despair,
and gives you great courage
to be gentle in all things.

Rejoice in the Lover always.
Still, and ever, rejoice.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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