When we run away, goodness and mercy pursue us with tenacious love across distant lands to piece together the shards of life - making us one again.This reflection/poem is inspired by the text from the fourth week in Lent in the church calendar.Written by Kelly hall and Phuc Luu, acting by Jeremy Wells, filmed by Josh Spires and music by Aural Method. 

Leaving Ourselves at the Altar

There is heartbreak in the letting go
Turning our face from the place of our birth
But not wanting to forsake life in Eden
For a land stained with blood
Haunted by the cries from a field
Where we’ve done violence to ourselves and to another
We wandered so far from that country of origin
Marking ourselves with a burden
Yet protected and provided
Repeating in a mantra:
Even though I walk through the deepest, darkest valley,
I fear no evil
When we cannot look any deeper
When there is none who can peer into the inner parts
The depths where we dare not go
Our hearts are anointed,
And preserved
To not be of want
To eat from the fruit of light
And not from darkness
But to walk again on paths of righteousness
I have brought sacrifices to the altar
And often I have held on to the very things I desired to give up
Clutching even to pain
Because I have nothing else to hold
Giving up is a giving up of my image
Something too great to ask
Keeping my feet stuck to this ground
Blinding me from what is ahead

When I thought my eyes were opened
Claiming to see
My blindness returned
Another taste of the fruit of good and evil—
a veil of darkness fell over me
But there is an invitation to receive vision
From the dirt and mud,
The pools of Siloam wash over us
Allowing us to move forward
from the ashes of the altar
to the place of our promise
seeing ourselves for the first time
learning our own faces
in the waters that saved us
as though we were remade in another’s image
When we run away
goodness and mercy pursue us
with tenacious love
the kind that travels across distant lands

over the entire length of our lives
to be where we sit now
piecing together the shards of life
making it again,
to be one.

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