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T.S. Eliot wrote that, “It is a test (that) genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” (from the essay “Dante”)  Today I want to share a poem with you from the Sufi master, Hafiz.  You are invited to sit and still yourself, asking Jesus to be with you.  Then turn to read the poem and listen for the stirrings in your mind and your heart that might be the words of God flowing into you for today.

  “The Seed Cracked Open”

  It used to be

That when I would wake in the morning

I could with confidence say,

“What am ‘I’ going to


That was before the seed

Cracked open.  

Now Hafiz is certain:

  There are two of us housed

In this body,

  Doing the shopping together in the market and

Tickling each other

While fixing the evening’s food.

  Now when I awake

All the internal instruments play the same music:

  “God, what love-mischief can ‘We’ do

For the world Today?”

  (from: “The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master”, Translations by Daniel Ladinsky, p. 35)  

May God’s blessing be upon you today, Dianne