One is coming after me;
           I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.

                         —John 1.27

How to imagine one
who considers each of us infinitely worthy
to be even more worthy?

No mere saint or rock star,
more than a person,
the sap of all humanity
boiled down into the syrup of one person,
God poured into a human mold.
A huge bell tolling within us.

How do you welcome such a one into your life?
Groveling will not do.

Silence will.
Pay attention.
Kneel and observe a worm
until astonishment overtakes you.
Watch the human family with love
and amidst our babbling
listen for heaven’s voice.
Stand in the rain of the Beloved
and let it soak you.
Be still, and let the Mystery pour into your mold.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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