Respecting the awesome power of words!

Faults of a Feather


They don't even
have to be
from the same bird.

They just stick together,
hanging on to one another,
and to us, like a staticky sliver
of cellophane or
an indomitable piece of tape.

There is but one way –
one place – to rid ourselves
of them, yours, mine, theirs:

the strong but tender hand
of the divine self.

It waits, open, patiently,
for us to release our strangle
on all that is not grace,
all that conjures not love,
whether it emanates
from us or others.

See us standing there,
our tiny fists death-gripped
around them?

We are convinced the sticky wad
is solely constructed
of sleights and slices
from the malice of others,
personally aimed at us.

What we cannot see
is the way our refusal
to release them attracts
our own faults
into the same gooey bundle;

how our failure to let go
of pain that has come at us
causes us to also keep
the suffering coming
from within us.

When Jesus cautions us,
"If you forgive the sins of any,
they are forgiven them;
if you retain the sins of any,
they are retained.” (John 20:23),
he's trying to help us see
that letting go of past hurts
is the only path to avoiding
the retentive edema and
grudging pock of vengefulness.

Filtering the faults of others
before they reach the healing flow
of Forgiveness Falls causes us
to miss the redemptive wash
for our own failings.

Let it go. Let it flow.

© 2017 Todd Jenkins

One response

  1. Amen. thank you. Perfect for today.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 14, 2017 at 9:25 am

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