Right spirit

When you send forth your spirit,
all beings are created;
and you renew the face of the ground.
        His name was George Floyd.

I will pour out my spirit on all flesh.
         He was God’s beloved, breathing God’s Spirit.

In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. 
        He was black. The Body of Christ.

When you take away their breath,
they die and return to their dust. 
        He was slowly choked to death
         by a white cop. His life didn’t matter.

We do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes
with sighs too deep for words.
         “Please, I can’t breathe…”

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

May 27, 2020

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