Sunday, June 5, 2005

REMAIN

Remain.
At first glance, remaining
feels static,
inert,
backward.
What is there to do but
stay put?

Remain.
Will I be left behind?
Will the world pass me by?
Will I miss the action?

Remain:
Not an easy instruction for
anxious or active persons;
a foreign language to
would-be change agents.

Remain
when I want to run,
when I’m tempted to quit,
when I’m full of doubt,
when I feel utterly alone.

Remain
by the Fire,
in the Word,
with the Presence,
for sacred counsel.

Remain
until wherever we go
the Word remains in us,
moves with us.

Remaining,
we grow as the vine--
nourished from the soil,
reaching to the sun,
moving higher,
growing stronger,
bearing fruit.

For what do we
remain?
On what do we
wait?
And when we go
do we yet
remain?

“Remain in me and I will remain in you.” John 15:4a

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