the Beloved holds you.
The Lap of the Universe contains you,
the Breast of Being nourishes you,
the Arms of God enfold you.
In stillness and contemplation you are held.
In struggle and suffering you are held.
In sin and misbehaving you are held.
Far away, lost and unbelieving, you are held.
Heaven’s Embrace is light but unslipping.
You are free to squirm, free even to run away.
And running, you are held.
The Loving One holds you tenderly.
Holds your treasures, holds your wounds,
holds your deepest self so it can never be lost.
The Beloved holds you with blessing,
holds you with delight.
Your breath alone God does not hold,
but breathes in and out, in and out,
in perfect love.
July 14, 2020