Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Dearly Beloved,

Grace and Peace to you.

“You shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.

— Isaiah 62.4

Two gods struggle for our hearts and minds.
One, of our own making, is distant and demanding.
He is here for his own sake,
He barges into Scripture and sets his wrath on the table.
And though he seems somehow unreal we tremble.
If we do not satisfy him, he throws us away,
and never comes back for us,
and says “I am doing this because I love you.”
But we are not fooled.
He is the shadow of our fear.

The other, beyond our imagining,
is madly in love with us, and inside us.
She sits quietly, mostly ignored, and plays music
on the strings of our bodies.
She is here for us. Her delight is in us.
She does not need for us to satisfy her,
or perform adequately, or meet some standard.
She simply wants to be with us.
She sings to us softly, from within, in dark places.
And we tremble.
We find this unsettling, so we edge away.
We act badly, to mask our powerlessness,
to cool her passion.
But she is not fooled. She is still in love.
And sooner or later, in this life or the next,
she will have you.

Why are we so afraid to fall into her arms?
Because she burns us up, until we become pure delight.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve


Copyright (c) 2010
Steve Garnaas-Holmes

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