Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

    You sleep and rise night and day,
and the seed sprouts and grow,
you do not know how.

—Mark 4.27

         He was aware that power
had gone forth from him.

—Mark 5.30

Healing happens without my effort,
without my knowing how,
without my knowing at all.

I recover from illness, from trauma,
from exercise, from life:
by resting, that is all.
Healing and growth come in rest,
the stillness between the efforts.

I protect the stillness
in true Sabbath:
not merely nodding to the shrine
as I hurry on,
not promising to be—though I would—
mindful amidst the swirl,
but free of the swirl,
actually stopped,

without fear or guilt,
accomplishing nothing,
repenting of nothing,
purely here, waiting, being.

In stillness alone
you are here

and in stillness
I am with you,
I receive you
and receive your miraculous grace.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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