Stay awake

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.

                   "Father, forgive them;          for they do not know what they are doing."                   — Luke 23.34

         When he got up from prayer,          he came to the disciples and found them          sleeping because of grief.                   — Luke 22.45

         They will look on the one          whom they have pierced.                   — John 19.37

         While Peter was still speaking, the cock crowed.          The Lord turned and looked at him.          And he went out and wept bitterly.                   — Luke 22.60, 62

His grief as deep as death, he takes us to the garden to be mindful of this world's sorrowful brutality,

and how he bears it, but we will sleep the night of prayer away, until some harsh alarm awaken us.

We slumber, in the dark and the shadow of death, asleep in grief, eyes closed in pious calm, dead to the world

and to our cruelty, the blood we draw in his defense, that all is his. We lie apart from him a way, until

his broken heart becomes our own, and cries to us, disturbs our dreams, and then we look and see, and in our grief

the blessed cock crows and we awaken to a new day, and rise, awake enough to weep, and stay awake.

Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light

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