A vital, sobering question to all who want to more clearly be a citizen in God’s Kingdom

The Well of Grief

Those who will not slip beneath
     the still surface on the well of grief
turning downward through its black water
     to the place we cannot breathe
will never know the source from which we drink,
     the secret water, cold and clear,
nor find in the darkness glimmering
     the small round coins
          thrown by those who wished for something else.
  — David Whyte
      from Where Many Rivers Meet
      ©2007 Many Rivers Press

To me this poem truly begs this question I would ask of anyone seeking to understand God’s kingdom:  Are you willing to try and imagine … to try to slip beneath the still surface on the well of grief, or suffering, or sadness, or pain or whatever deep pain someone else is experiencing? 

As Jesus did…

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. … Isaiah 53:3
We all have a choice.  We can say no.  But if our answer is “Yes, Master,” then we must be willing to drink deeply from the well of grief in whatever manifestation it comes.

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