New day

         Jesus said to them, “Follow me
           and I will make you fish for people.”
           And immediately they left their nets
           and followed him.
                                  
—Mark 1.17-18

A people as one rise from fear and grief
and choose hope and justice.
People do rise.
People get up from familiar nets
and follow a leader into a future
unknown but trusted,
a new day— a gift of God
and the work of the people.

Every moment
we’re invited to leave the familiar.
Clouds still hover, the dawn comes slow;
but in the receding darkness
we bear no angry torches:
we raise candles of hope, the light of love.
We become the future we choose.
For a new day we give thanks
and and follow in a new way,
knowing for it to be a new day
we must become new people.
We celebrate, getting up
from what we know
and walking step by step
into what we don’t know
with the One
who knows us.

God bless us and lead us, for we need it deeply.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

January 20, 2021