The persistence of gentleness

             Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
—Philippians 4.5

A butterfly in a storm.
Candle that won’t go out.
Light moving through harsh wind.
Spirit in you, alive, gentle.

In the face of brutality,
under threat,
bearing the weight of rage,
resolutely gentle.

What Satan can’t fight,
the emperor can’t comprehend,
what crumples the power of evil,
gentleness borne of love and hope.

Soft music beneath all the noise,
wafting through the battle,
tuning hearts invisibly,
the song of gentleness.

The Beloved bears you up
with hope and joy undaunted,
music and light moving through you,
walking on, walking on.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

October 9, 2020

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