Empire of grace

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

         God has rescued us from the power of darkness
         and transferred us into the Realm of the Beloved One,
         in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of s
                  —Colossians 1.13-14

You wake flinching at the fading dream.
But you no longer breathe that darkness.

The doctors and their disease, their dread,
they have left. You don’t need them now.

You don’t live with him any more.
You are free. You are safe.

The place they threatened to send you
is the place you’ve been rescued from.

You remember the secret annex in the shattered city,
but you are not there any more. Now you can breathe.

All night the dread, the dense darkness. The clock,
the drip. Threatening streets. The doomed quiet.

Then before dawn, footsteps, voices, a shuffle.
Something falling. The door opens. It is the Beloved.

“I forgive you. Forever.”
You are spirited away.

The trap is undone, the prison destroyed behind you.
The soldiers have died and gone to heaven.

A new rule has begun.
You live here now, an empire of grace.

Peasant, astonished at the city’s glory,
this is your place. See there, your name.

This is the world now, this light, this meadow,
this presence. The impossible life, handed to you.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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