Strengthen the weak hands,
                  and make firm the feeble knees.
         Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
                  “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God,
                  who will come and save you.”
                                    —Isaiah 35.3-4

You who sit by the bedside,
who stay late to finish the report,
who wrestle your tireless demons,
         do not fear.
You who gaze at the x-ray,
who face another meeting at the school,
who care for the aging parent,
         have courage.
You who lament our cruelty and greed,
who write letters about the climate,
who stand in silence outside the prison,
         stay firm.
God is not far, nor careless, nor scornful.
God is here, here to accompany,
here to love, here to save.
         Keep faith.
When you are weary God will strengthen you;
when you are afraid God will sustain you;
when you cannot go on, rest your head:
         God will carry on.
In your weak hands, in your feeble knees
the Beloved is present, full of grace:
not the outcome but the presence, always.
         Take courage.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
December 13, 2019

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