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Ministry in Context

A Meditation on Fear and Trust from the Iona Community

Lord Christ,
Help us to have the courage and humility to name our burdens
And lay them down,
So that we are light to walk across the water
To where you beckon us.

Our pride
Armoring us,
Hardening us,
Making us defend our dignity by belittling others.
We name it
And we lay it down.

The memory of hurts and insults
Driving us to lash out,
To strike back.
We name it
And we lay it down.

Our fear,
of unsolved questions,
of the unknown,
of fear itself,
We name it
And we lay it down.

We do not need these burdens,
But we have gotten used to carrying them,
Have forgotten what it is to be light.

Beckon us to lightness of being,
For you show us it is not unbearable.
Only so, can we close the distance,
Only so, can we walk upon the water.

By Kathy Galloway of the Iona Community

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