No other gods

         I am the Holy One your God,
         who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
         out of the house of slavery; 
         you shall have no other gods before me.

                                —Exodus 20.2-3

No other god,
not the one who judges you,
not the one who needs for you to look good
or do well,
not the one who makes you need something
you don’t have,
not the one who goes around beating up
everybody you don’t like.
No— just the One who sets you free.

No other power,
no other fixation,
no other highest value,
no other reason—
only the One who has brought you up
out of whatever tight spot you were in,
whatever stuck place,
whatever cellar-hole,
the fear that enslaved you,
the ego that ruled you,
the shame that bound you—
the One who frees you from that.

And not the one who makes you think
you’re the only one.
Worship the one, and only the one,
who also frees every other human being alive.
who insists on such freedom
for all their children, all their Beloved.

Worship that one alone,
and you shall be free.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light 
   —September 28, 2020

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