Befriend them

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

It’s not that unusual among desert stones
and jagged wastes where you are sure to falter,
the stripped, eroded places of your want,
to crave a little comfort.

To seek some mastery is not unnatural,
a perfectly reasonable illusion.
But there is only one hunger.

The body knows more than we want it to
of what we need, but not where to look.

A leopard in the city, beautiful, and ravenous.

Don’t be harsh with yourself.
Desire is as readily a path as a trap.
Befriend those temptations,
each one whispers a name of God.

You don’t need to be cold or closed,
but to want more than you have dared.
Teach the hunter where to seek,
how to not give up at the first delight,
and how to shoot you from the bow of desire.
Even if your hand trembles, and it will tremble,
your longing will save you.

For the Beloved also has desires,
and will draw you in,
if only you are desperate enough.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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