God of Yes

            “Cut this tree down! Why should it be wasting the soil?”
           “No, let it alone until I dig around it and put manure on it.”
                           —from Luke 13.7, 8

Be done with the god of demanding,
the god of Not Good Enough.
Be done with the God of No.

Turn to the God of Yes,
the God of Let Me Nourish,
the God of I Believe In You.

The God of mercy, God who gives,
God of what takes time,
God of hidden gifts unfolding.

Let the God of Yes dig around your roots.
Feel the patient fingers.
Feel the disturbance.

(Of course that one is also
the God of Manure
for which there is another word.)

Let the God of Manure
turn waste and refuse into food,
death into life.

Let the God of Yes bear fruit in you,
the fruit of Yes for others,
for nourishing, not judging.

This very day you may have the chance
to lay down your axe
and take up a trowel.

Be a gardener of Yes,
and your own roots
may be nourished.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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