Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.”
                  —Matthew 1.20

in the dumb background,
saint of the detour,
of the unknown road,
no belief or wisdom is asked of you,
only your willingness.

Much is taken;
that divine thief in the darkness
has stripped you of your desire,
your hand upon the tool,
your way,
the plan in your head
with which you needed no other plan.

Now you are asked
to become a tool without knowledge,
faithful partner to a mystery.

Marry this world you can’t yet know,
bearing grace you can’t imagine.
The blindfold is of God.
Say yes to the mystery
beyond your hand, beyond your mind.
Your willingness in this darkness
is the womb of the holy.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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