A given stillness

        And the Spirit immediately drove him
          out into the wilderness.

                    —Mark 1.12

With him
you are within him.
The world recedes,
the ungenerous stones, the fatal cliffs,
the worlds vanishing from your grasp.
The wilderness is himself,
pure presence free of outcome,
your being
graciously granted,
a given stillness
in which
your temptation becomes clarity,
your fear serene,
your solitude holy,
your belonging assured,
and your desiring becomes song.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

February 18, 2021