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The Beckoning

It stirs unease.

On bloodied knees again I plead the pieties

that once appeased my gnawing need for guarantees.

In clinging to these grainy things like safe routines,

I flee true peace.

Glancing back across the condo scene – pristine

amenities – the chlorine seems marine.

Glancing up ahead, wonder cedes to worry:

What would you do with me in open seas?

How could I breathe? Be?

Out there? Where saline stings…

where manatees and sharks with teeth can swim with me…

where earthy creature lives in thee. What mystery:

humanity and deity interweave

as one new thing!

This, the beckoning.

Read John 3.1-8 and 17.1-26.

Reflect: In what ways do you struggle to live in oneness with God by the new nature he gives?

Amy Leigh is a writer, landscape designer, organizational development specialist, and teacher living in Dallas, Texas. Her articles address themes in faith, culture, creation, the church, theology of the body, theology of women, and relationships.

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