Friday, January 24, 2014

we are left

Year A - Epiphany 3 or Guiding Gift3
January 26, 2014

     we are left

there is no covenant
made eternal in the heavens
that shapes our present or
revisions our past
only a steadfast love
through ages and stages
of current decisions
wrestled in time
season and locus

to have it else
requires a creedal response
imposed past its prime
a procrustean bed
to shape all comers
into what they are not now
nor ever will be
never denying a stoop of age
a straightened spine

to love what is
without selecting
parts from the past
hopes for a future
conversing consulting
conferencing contending
delving deep within
widening engagements
to love what is

before a conception
through gestation
facing a stillbirth
just because or because
in crowning or casket
now and ever now again
unexplainably hurtful
unexpectedly kind
we see through mercy

a mercy premeditated
bone deep and tender skinned
unlimited by experience
and finding such over and over
there is and is and is not
a limit by our worst
a possibility of our best
unconstrained by death
uncelebrated by resurrection

we covenant
to not covenant away
steadfast love
to engage to grow
past our past
beyond our future
a still small voice
gracious in welcome
gentle in parting

and so
ipso facto
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we dare soften our gaze
both the inward and outward
to see again what we forgot before
our past brought us here but can't carry forward
our intentions await a decisional power of will and way
we are left with nothing to call upon than to live present love



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