O come, O come

         
         

O come thou Mystery,
unseen, unbidden, unfelt,
but so madly needed here.

Come to us
who push you away with our despair,
snare us with wonder.

Come to us, the lonely and broken,
O Small One,
not to solve but to be with.

Come to us who grieve
place or worth or hope,
and find it with us.

Come to us in our smugness
and lay yourself down in the manger
of our secret wounds.

Come to us in our privilege
and let us hang our lives
on a poor little peasant child.

Come to us in our violent fear
and calm us with your tiny voice.
Ask us to love you.

For us who find it hard to love each other,
come and gather us in a circle,
have us care, have us sing.

Come to us, too afraid to need,
be fragile among us,
and let us fall in love.

Neglect our neglect, Emmanuel,
come and be a tiny flame of love among us,
and light our own.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

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