Saturday, March 16, 2013

stretch out your hands

when you were young,
you used to dress yourself
and walk wherever you wanted,
but when you are old,
you will stretch out your hands...
                          ~John 21:18



stretch out your hands
a call to a new way of being
to a new posture
and a new spirit

not seizing
not grasping
not determining
not even reaching

this is a different kind of
stretching out of our hands altogether
one in which agenda
and independence
must be abandoned

one marked by
a courageous willingness
a trust-filled vulnerability
a total surrender

stretch out your hands
requires all
it is our true answer to
do you love me more than these



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