Wednesday, June 6, 2007


The following thoughts came together for me around the word “remain” in John 15:4: “Remain in me and I will remain in you.” Another word for “remain” is “abide” or, as in The Message paraphrase by Eugene Peterson: “Live in me; make your home in me.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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