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poetry, quotes & thoughts about life

word of the day 


the word thumps its way

around my heart

like tennis shoes in the dryer


stop speaking

suspend thought






just be still



tune in

go deep


it will all come clear

mud will settle

pain clouds crystalize, dissolve 

mirrors, and hearts,

tell their true story

we will know all we need to know,

to heal, to move forward,




        Now the word of Yahweh came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Yahweh God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a child.” But Yahweh said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” Then Yahweh reached out and touched my mouth; and said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” 

                  —Jeremiah 1.4-10

Read it again. Put yourself in there. 
Imagine God’s presence in you, God’s power—

not to get your own way, not to sway crowds,

but to convey love, to be truth,

not just to say words but to live life

with power in it. 
You do not have to apologize for yourself.

You do not have to be afraid

of those to whom you bring yourself.

You only have to be yourself. 
And because it is from God

the truth of you will prevail. 

Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Unfolding Light
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