Grace and Peace to you.
God called Abram to leave the familiar and go,
go on a road he would make by going,
to a place he would know by finding.
Jesus led Nicodemus to the threshold of a birth,
a newness he could only know
by going through it.
Only what’s behind us, not ahead,
keeps us from going on, from entering
the impossible womb of starting new.
The stones of disappointment in your pockets,
the grave marker of the old life,
they can’t come with you.
The path is not a test. It’s our freedom.
Many a prisoner has looked into the tunnel,
the Beloved waiting in the light, and said no.
Where is the Spirit calling you, the wind blowing?
Where is the thin place between your habits
and a new birth?
These pangs, this heavy breathing:
the beloved is trying to birth you.
Let it happen.
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