by Kerry Greenhill
There is nothing that prepares the seed
for the alchemy of growth, the breaking open of the barrier between self and world,
the unfolding of the thin green shoot
and the upward driving momentum
toward warmth and light and air.
There is nothing that warns the grub
as it inches through leafy life
what will happen inside the chrysalis
or how one’s wings unfurl in sunlight
to launch a new creature into flight.
No matter how many times he told them,
his friends could never comprehend or prepare
for what he meant about being broken,
poured out, crucified,
given for them,
God of wondrous surprises,
help us not to reject
what we cannot grasp or understand,
but break open our hearts
transform our minds
and let our souls be amazed once more
by your resurrection power.
Permission is granted for use in corporate setting. Copyright © 2012 The Upper Room. Used with permission.
Kerry Greenhill is a Deacon who serves as Field Coordinator for Imagine No Malaria in the Rocky Mountain Conference (UMC), and as Communications Manager for the health care advocacy organization Family Voices Colorado.
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