some of the bitterness and hurt from the past
felt lighter as if i had knelt down
before the unexpected presence of GOD
and encountered the very love and justice
the ancient prophets had spoken
as if i had the opportunity
to take in my arms the very presence of GOD.
it was an epiphany and it left me marveling
at the mystery and wonder of GOD.
it’s not what i expected.
i’ve grown accustomed to the idea
that we bring our gifts and offer them
without much expectation that GOD
will do much more than offer
a little encouragement and
send us on our way refreshed
so that we can do more with our gifts.
i didn’t expect GOD
to break open my story, our story.
i didn’t expect the long time
hurt in my life to heal.
i didn’t expect the
ability to see and encounter
other people in such different ways.
i didn’t expect how easy it has become
to lay down long time convictions and
and yet, this is the epiphany event:
our invitation to kneel down
with humility and gratitude
and go home another way.