Through any door

Dearly Beloved,
         Though the doors of the house where the disciples had met
         were locked for fear of the people,
         Jesus came and stood among them and said,
         “Peace be with you.”
         After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
                   —John 20.19-20

The Damaged One emerges from trauma
         with peace.

His wounds, his brokenness, evidence
         of what such peace endures.

Through doors of pain, walls of despair,
         he comes with peace.

Yours, beloved,
         he comes through.

Gavestone, locked door, unbelief
         do not keep him from you.

The wounds still gape. The room is fraught—
         but he is not.

Now and yet to come, he’s here.
         Now your pain can breathe.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

April 8, 2021

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