My Chief

           Let the same heart be in you
           that was in Christ Jesus,
           who, though divine, did cling to equality with God,
           but in complete self-emptying
           entered a humble human life, as a slave,
           and became obedient to the point of death—
           even death on a cross.
           Therefore every knee should bend and
           every tongue should confess
           that Jesus Christ is Lord.
                           —Philippians 2.5-11

your deepest humility and self-emptying
is not of rank or status or even suffering, but of love;
your greatest miracle is this:
that you loved the people who are impossible to love.

My Chief, my Beloved,
here is my salvation, and my calling.

I love you and entrust myself to you.
May your heart be in me,
that with all my life
I may thank you,
I may worship you,
I may follow you.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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