Repent or perish

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

Life-giving God,
you are my oxygen,
my heart and lungs.

I long for you
like I yearn each moment
for my next breath.

I try to find life elsewhere,
easier, closer—but there is none,
and it does not give life.

But I breathe deeply of your presence,
your grace filling my body and soul,
and I live.

in my hunger I gorge
on junk food for the soul,
and I am even hungrier.

But I feast on your love
for me and all living beings
and I am satisfied.

When I think of my soul as a tree
planted in a box, untouched,
it withers.

But you dig around the roots of my soul
and the richness of life and death
soaks in through my roots and fills me.

In my fear
I turn from you
and starve myself.

But in your love
I return to you, my life,
and I live.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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