Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you.”
         He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
         As God has sent me, so I send you.”
 —John 20.21-22

Meditate on this. Go slowly. Give it time.

He comes to you, present with you now,
in this very room as you read this,
in all your anxieties and hurts.
He says, “Peace be with you.”
You are all right, safe and whole and beloved.
Allow that deep peace to surround you,
embrace you, protect you.

He breathes his Spirit into you:
his love, his healing will, his joy,
his profound trust in God.
You breathe it in.
It fills you, every cell,
every aspect of your mindfulness.
With all your imperfections and weaknesses
you are a perfect vessel for his spirit.
Breathe deeply. You receive it. It becomes you.

He sends you, just as he was sent:
into this day, into your life,
to bear that love into this world,
with humble authority, with courage,
with grace, with mysterious power,
with joy and delight.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

April 17, 2020

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