Be opened

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Looking up to heaven,
         he sighed and said to the deaf man,
         Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
         And immediately his ears were opened,
         his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

                  —Mark 7.34-35

Ears of clay, throat of music plugged,
voices a closed book,
betraying your only cause,
be opened.

Mind clamped down
on what you know, welded smooth,
pursed lips of praise,
be opened.

Heart pinched by doubt,
hope a locked door,
cinctured corpus, future sealed,
be opened.

Living room of God,
door shut, curtains drawn,
heaven not for people like you,
be opened.

Earth of this life and of this death,
world in green and granite furled,
of dawns and endings, grave of clay,
be opened.

And you— watching, yearning hidden,
hands clasped, eyes cast down
but waiting,
be opened.

The hand of God,
portal between all hearts,
all the universe
is opened.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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