Prepare the way

           In the wilderness prepare the way of the Holy One,
                      make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
           Every valley shall be lifted up,
                      and every mountain and hill be made low;
           the uneven ground shall become level,
                      and the rough places a plain.

                         —Isaiah 40.3-4

Love would move through me
but for the rubble and clutter I cling to.
God, move aside what needs to be moved.
Clear a way for loveliness.

Fire up the gentle bulldozer of your grace.
Put your little orange stakes of mercy where the road goes.
Mark what needs to be cut, and cut it.

Fill with your presence my pits of fear,
my potholes of discouragement and despair.
Level my piles of self-importance.
Smooth out my bitterness, straighten what’s bent.
Clear out what’s in the way of love.

In that wilderness in me, prepare the way
for your mystery to unfold.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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