Good and bad

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
          The servants went out into the streets
          and gathered all whom they found,
          both good and bad;
          so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

                    —Matthew 22.10      

The poison ivy in the woods this morning was lovely.
The fall colors sparkled after last night’s bath,
the rocks and trees glistened,
everything shone. Especially the poison ivy.
At the divine wedding banquet,
the feast of love and faithfulness,
everyone is invited.

The Creator knows each one’s sacred worth and beauty,
the venomous snake, the innocent mosquito.
Even the hurtful ones belong.

At the feast, one who isn’t dressed to celebrate,
not ready to dine with “those people,”
or feeling unworthy to wear your finest,
will miss out.
Wear a party dress, not a judge’s robe.

In the lovely woods of human society everyone shines,
everyone belongs, both good and bad.
Come to the table.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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