Hands open

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                    

Come into this day with your hands open, with your hands open like eyes to the world, like a morning meadow swept of darkness ready for the sun to be poured in thick. Come into this day with your hands open with the surprise of gratitude, ready to receive all that's lavished on you, and you know, the whole world is lavished, the day with its touchings and releasings, the night with its abundance of darkness, stars in their billioned waves, poured out for you even when you can't see them, and time, handed to you just as regular and steady as a heartbeat, and everything in it, poured out and piled up and falling all around you and into your open hands. Come into this day with your hands open like wounds unafraid to be healed. Come into this day with your hands open, open for letting go, open to give all your gifts, to give and receive until they are the same. Come into this day and the next with your hands open wide enough for ol' Mama Life to come give you one of her hugs, light as air, sure as earth, long as the rest of your days. Come into this day with your hands open and keep them like that 'till death closes them. Come into this day with your hands open wide enough to say with all you mean please and thank you and thank you again, hands open enough to be empty, and they will be full of light.

                    Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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