Grace and Peace to you.
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion…
Yahweh, your God, is in your midst…
and will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in love.
and exult over you with loud singing.
—Zephaniah 3. 14, 17
God has no doctrine, do you know that?
The Desired One comes to you,
waits outside your house in the morning cold,
seeks you even in the worst neighborhood,
for no fancier reason than this:
the Beloved likes you,
and wants to be with you,
and hopes you will fall in love.
It is only the lost
for whom that is not enough.
Our Lover comes to us
even in our greed and terror
with no more complicated plot in mind
than to spend the awful hours and years
and make them paradise.
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