Purify us

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                    But who can endure                   the day of the coming of God's Chosen One,                   and who can stand when that one appears?          For God's messenger is like a refiner’s fire                   and like fullers’ soap;          and will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,                   and will purify us.                            —Malachi 3.2-3

O Burning One, come and light the fire of life in us. Grant us consolation only for a moment; then sharpen our pangs.

Sing us no lullabies. Awaken us, shock us to life, tear off our complacent shawls, the cloak of our selves wrapped around our selves.

Boil off our rage and our greed, wreck our powers and redeem us from our violence. Purify us of our acid willingness for others to suffer for our comfort. Peel off the invisible coat between us and the Other. Refine in us the beauty and courage of delight in self-giving. Melt away all in us that is not You. Purify us in your consuming fire that burns away all that is not love, your cleansing grace that bathes away all that is not grace.

Let it scare us. Let it hurt. Let it revive us. Do not be timid with us, Divine Little One. Come, O burning One, and burn us to life.

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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