Absence

                  While they were talking,
         Jesus himself came near and went with them,
         but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
                          
—Luke 24.15-16

Only afterward
do you know it was the Beloved,

who draws near so silently, invisibly,
so much not about himself but you,

it was hardly him there
but the empty space of a divine loving gaze —

until after, when your heart speaks,
burning

with a Presence,
and you know,

and learn to say each moment,
especially the most abandoned ones:

Welcome, Beloved,
whom I do not see,

even whose very absence
is full of your presence.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

April 21, 2020