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We continue to put ourselves down as less than Christ. Thus, we avoid the full honour as well as the full pain of the Christian life. But the Spirit that guided Jesus guides us. Paul says: “The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God. And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17).

When we start living according to this truth, our lives will be radically transformed. We will not only come to know the full freedom of the children of God but also the full rejection of the world. It is understandable that we hesitate to claim the honor so as to avoid the pain. But, provided we are willing to share in Christ’s suffering, we also will share in his glory (see Romans 8:17).

emphasis mine

Walking past Victorian houses,
I hear faint piano music.

Wrought-iron gates
still stand in front.

It is too hot
this perfect summer evening
to push away the memories.

Each note hangs
in recollection’s comfort

where we divide
the locust shells—
gathered from trunks
and low branches of trees—
into brown paper bags.

Nostalgia?

Only foreplay.

Windless air
traps the delicate scent
of pale yellow roses.

I have courage to go on.

first published in Domicile

June 2009
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