Strong man

              No one can enter a strong man’s house
              and plunder his property
              without first tying up the strong man;
               then indeed the house can be plundered.
                                   —Mark 3.27

The world may seem in the thrall
of a gangster whose henchmen haunt us,
each in our own troubled house,
scaring us into obedient selfishness.
But Jesus the burglar has broken in
to his place and tied up the boss:
grace defeats fear. Gracefully. Like 007.
That whole little kingdom is busted.

And in my own house—
sure, the enforcer lurks, or tries to.
But he too is bound up by love.
I don’t have to fear him.
He sits in my kitchen, cuffed,
tied down, squirming. I smile at him.

Friend, we’re free;
we just have to learn
to trust that.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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