The Emperor struts

         Now we have received not the spirit of the world,
         but the Spirit that is from God.

                  —1 Corinthians 2.12

The Emperor struts proudly
shrouded in his acclaim.
His admirers shout their praise.
They cheer for their lives.

The palace reeks
of the embalming fluid of lies,
the grave clothes of popularity
wrapped tightly around them.

I will give you all this,”
then man once said,
“If you worship me.” …
God, help me decline.

Help me stand firm in truth,
do justice with courage,
practice mercy, walk tall with you….
“and him crucified.”

The Emperor threatens those
who do not fall toward him.
God, help me stand firm,
unmoved, but moved, in love.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

February 5, 2020

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