King of mercy

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         There was also an inscription over him,
         “This is the King of the Jews.”

                  —Luke 23.38

This is the king of humility,
the absolute monarch of love.
This is the sovereign ruler of forgiveness,
whose reign is over life and death,
whose might is compassion,
whose power is in his willingness
to suffer with the lowly
and dignify the outcast,
whose glory is mercy,
who makes no demands upon his subjects
but only showers them with blessings,
who passes no law and wields no sword,
who threatens no violence but only suffers it,
and redeems those who suffer,
whose army is those who humbly love,
who utters no commands but one.

And I am his loyal subject.
I obey his law of love.
I honor his sovereignty over my life.
I serve in his army of gentleness.
He and all those with whom he suffers
are above me.
I belong to him. I love him. I serve him.
I surrender to him wholly,
join in his suffering and his love
and dedicate myself to his mercy.
And he receives me and says:
“Today you will be with me in paradise.”

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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