Spirit

DSC00390By Tommy Airey

The Spirit of the crucified god
wells up in me
when I give up my own

privilege,
power,
control.

When I stop performing and achieving.
When I breathe and trust.
When I actively grieve what is lost.
When I advocate for and serve the most vulnerable.
When I extend

kindness,
gentleness,
forgiveness

to all living beings.

When I join allies of faith & conscience to
name & resist
imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy,
organizing to transform
unjust & violent
social, economic & political systems.

If I’m present and attentive,
centered and emotionally available,
I can experience the Abiding Spirit everywhere:

in nature,
in people,
in my own breath originating deep within me.

I can just be.

The very ground of Being beckons me
to simple living
and self-examination—
to tenderly take inventory of
destructive and dehumanizing
patterns that drive me towards

addiction,
apathy,
alienation.

This Old One Who Lives in me
reminds me that everything is
interdependent,
gently inviting me
to take responsibility
for my own pain, feeling

unknown,
worthless,
crowded out,
alone,

so I stop inflicting it
on everyone and everything else.

The Spirit of the crucified God
beckons me to take up the cross,
what it may ultimately cost
to throw in with the
poor & marginalized,
naming & creatively resisting
imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

Just like Jesus did.
Just like King did.
Just like Gandhi did.
Just like Romero did.

The cross calls me
to be in solidarity
with those who are

oppressed,
abused,
tortured.

This crucified Spirit
of truth and love
animated Jesus’ life
so extraordinarily
that it transcended death itself.

The Spirit of the risen god,
the Source of all that is undying,
shimmers in

beauty,
joy,
amazement,

gratitude,
creativity,
celebration,

infusing
hope and courage
into a Life defined
by the deep tension between
promise and peril.

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