The name you bear

           You will be hated by all because of my name.
           But not a hair of your head will perish. 
           By your endurance you will gain your souls

                           —Luke 21.17-19

Though the land go dry or the oceans rise
           you are in the arms of the Beloved. 
Though times my seethe and the air swirl with shouting
           you are being held.  
Though people around you may be angry or in a panic
           the One who holds you is at peace.
Though people speak ill of you
           the name you bear is mercy.
Though the streets may flow with hate
           your heart is suffused with love.
Though people hurl fear at you
           your soul will not be harmed.
Though you be threatened 
           you will not perish.
Nothing can prevent
           your courageous love.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net