My friends, if you see someone do wrong,                   restore them with gentleness.          Help them out of that pit;                   don’t climb into it yourself.          Bear one anther’s burdens:                   this is what the law is really about.          Don’t embarrass yourself                   thinking you’re better than others.          Do work you yourself are proud of;                   don’t fuss about your neighbor’s.          Live your life, not somebody else’s.                            — Galatians 6.1-5

God I confess I want so instinctively to prove my worth by comparing it to another of less worth. Free me from this illusion, this cruelty. Give me the courage to claim my own life, to lay my own boundaries, to sing my own song,

I confess I seek my own heaven, not your peaceable Realm. I want escape, not harmony. Give me faith to belong to the whole, to give and receive, to support and depend.

God, I repent of my superiority, for I am of no help from up there. Help me be a humble servant, a willing, available partner, a peaceable member of the Realm of Mercy. May my life be a sacrament of sharing, lifting others up, carrying burdens.

I would not be not a noble eagle flying above, detached, surveying those beneath me, but a burro among friends, gladly bearing my load.

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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