Stay awake

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

         “Father, forgive them;
         for they do not know what they are doing.”

                  — Luke 23.34

         When he got up from prayer,
         he came to the disciples and found them
         sleeping because of grief.

                  — Luke 22.45

         They will look on the one
         whom they have pierced.

                  — John 19.37

         While Peter was still speaking, the cock crowed.
         The Lord turned and looked at him.
         And he went out and wept bitterly.

                  — Luke 22.60, 62

His grief as deep as death,
he takes us to the garden
to be mindful of this world’s
sorrowful brutality,

and how he bears it,
but we will sleep the night
of prayer away, until
some harsh alarm awaken us.

We slumber, in the dark
and the shadow of death,
asleep in grief, eyes closed
in pious calm, dead to the world

and to our cruelty, the blood
we draw in his defense,
that all is his. We lie
apart from him a way, until

his broken heart becomes
our own, and cries to us,
disturbs our dreams, and then
we look and see, and in our grief

the blessed cock crows
and we awaken to a new day,
and rise, awake enough
to weep, and stay awake.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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