If, as seems possible, what is not given
will be taken away,
a certain generosity of heart is advisable,
the problem being
you have to want to give those very things
you don’t want taken away.
It is a serious puzzle and largely unsolvable
by rational minds, minds
given first place in a feeling, irrational world,
grasping, clinging, holding on. I
ask again the question of grace, of losing one’s
life and finding it again.
How surprised Jesus was by Judas’s kiss
he’d been expecting
How amazed we were:
God’s supreme accomplishment
is forever being surprised at himself.
Is it true – do you think? –
that God can’t resist our prayers,
hearing them? As when you can’t
draw your eyes away
from a rose-purple sunset, marvelous
surprise of the common
but bitter, too. Is there relief
for a brokenhearted god
who can’t stop listening
to our wounding cries?