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Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Denudation

not content
with the state of
our closeness
an inability to
receive more
always much more than
we can process
the Spirit strips us of
our false securities
whatever is not
God alone
props for a
self-sufficiency
unfounded in reality
through perfectly
tailored  trials
storms that rage
ripping away
treasured stabilities
one at a time but
sometimes
all at once
leaving us
disoriented
feeling abandoned
by a faith
stretched beyond capacity 
causing us to yearn for
a relief that
doesn't come on
our terms
neatly protected
under our control 
we resist this
tearing away of
self's enthronement
without the light of
clear vision or the
might of our previous
self-confidence
the desert reveals
our hidden sins
now front and center
rebellious anger
envy and jealousy
self-pity
self-sufficiency
masked as
trust
secrecy rooted in pride
seeking comfort
in the flesh
not the Lord but
a new way is proposed
dependency
because there is
nothing else
a new-found trust
not tasted or touched
but only sensed
faintly
not all at once
but partially as
we seek Him
faithfully
day by day
yielding our desires
letting go of
knowing better than
infinite wisdom
we learn
unwanted lessons
necessary for holiness
a poverty of spirit
a tiny opening to receive
a river of 
Power from above
rooted in a Love
stripped of everything
but the cross
the prime example of
patient endurance
the sufficiency of grace in
courageous surrender
a graced self-gift
born through
the process of
denudation

Reflection/Discussion:
-What is denudation?
-Why does this happen?
-Is this "normal" in the Christian Life? Why/not?
-How can we support one another through this?
-How should we handle this when it happens?

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