“Destroy this temple…”
                   —John 2.19

God, give me courage to destroy
the sacred structures,
so familiar and safe,
that sustain my habits and beliefs
and protect my benefit,
while sacrifices are made
on my behalf (not my life, not my blood).

Give me the audacity to overturn
the tables of racism,
to drive out the moneychangers
of privilege and entitlement.
Give me courage to disrupt
my worship of my self,
the temple of my own well-being,
so the body of my self-giving
may be raised.
Give me courage to allow you
to tear down and raise up
even me.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

March 1, 2021

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