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Lazarus – Steve Garnaas-Holmes

September 21, 2016

Wise words from Rev Steve Garnaas-Holmes

         There was a rich man…

                  and at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus…

                           —Luke 16.19, 20
God, I confess

the riches I take for granted,

the privilege that allows me

to not see the needy outside my gate,

obliterated in my drunken stupor

of “all lives matter.”

I confess the gate.
I confess I seek my own completeness

without them.

I prefer comfort to justice,

the sumptuous feast

to the bosom of Abraham.
I confess I see the poor as other than me,

myself as other than poor.

I confess I see them as other than you.
Lazarus God,

this is how you come to me.

This is your visitation.
Let me be poor in keeping

and rich in sharing.

Let me not be alone at my table.

I will let you in.
God, open my eyes,

open my heart, open my hands.

Open my gate.


Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Unfolding Light

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