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Yoke
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By Peter O
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Yoke

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for
For I am meek and humble of heart, and you shall
find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29

Father,

Jesus' "Yoke?"
Certainly not the yoke of sin,
Nor slavery, nor tyranny, BUT
A call to join with Jesus and
Be His Meekness and Humility.

Meekness?
Being spineless? No!
It is the gentle tool opening the soul to grace,
Gentle as light;
It is the mother giving birth to peace;
It is the heart fixing not on self,
But You, Father, just as Your Son, Jesus.

Humility?
Being a carpet? No!
It is the will to surrender the swell of self,
And be a child before the Truth, You;
It is the bow of conviction and certitude;
It is the legs of trust.

Simply
With grace-freedom,
Meekness and humilty nods, saying:

"I am dust and death. BUT also Your loved child."

And, with this,
There is rest.


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Submitted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

About the Poet
I am 79 years of age. For the past nine years I have been retired, after forty years, from the field of alcoholism and drug abuse in New York City. I am married and we have two grown sons and two grand-sons. My life changed through a grace-experience in 1967. Writing Christian prayers is a particular interest of mine. This came about by a growing awareness of the spiritual in recovery from addictions. I choose, intellectually and emotionally, to believe the Triune God of the Sared Scriptures as my Healer.


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