I empty my pockets

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
I empty out my pockets for you.

The keys of my gratitude and awe
I give to you.

My shopping list of hopes and cares
and the people I love
I place in your hands.

My wallet of pride and self-protection
I hand over.

The ticket stub of all my sorrows,
all my fears and doubts,
you take gently from me.

The used tissue of my guilt,
my need to be remade,
my anger and despair at my weakness,
you keep and do not return.

The paper clip of my tiredness,
my wandering mind,
you receive like treasure.

The lint of my not knowing what to pray or how,
my not really praying, just pretending,
my not even trusting you are there,
you cherish.

I turn the pockets of my heart inside out for you
because in my own crazy way I love you.
And you are delighted,
and in your crazy way
you hold me.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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