Holding Peace by Nancy Howe

The first time ever I saw your face, I thought the sun rose in your eyes.
And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave,
To the dark and the endless sky, my love.
And the first time ever I kissed your mouth,
I felt the earth move through my hands.
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command.

And the first time ever I lay with you,
I felt your heart so close to mine.
And I know our joy would fill the earth,
And last till the end of time, my love.

The first time ever I saw your face.

Begin Again in Love

What does that mean to begin again in love?….What love means to me is that we are in love with this awesome world – with God, with earth, with oceans and thunder, with family and friends. It is being in love that leads us to make amends with others, to find ways to change our behavior and to care.

We don’t say we’re sorry or ask forgiveness because we or others are “bad.” … We yearn for forgiveness because we want to be part of something special, something glorious; we want to be part of this awesome world. If we can just awake to the beauty within that touches the beauty without we can find healing, atonement, be at one.

Have you ever been held in that sweet embrace of wonder? For me it’s swimming in fresh water spring or ocean, held in waves and flow as if in a womb or being born in beauty. In that moment of purple eel below and brown booby flying above, everything is perfect, even my fumbling and bumbling. In touching the source of awe and wonder, we forgive ourselves and each other.

Born out of awe and wonder, shorn of our ego’s pride, reborn in humble adoration, may we make our days glad together.

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