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.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”