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'n lewe wat IETS BETEKEN | 30/10/2020

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Unseen Presence/Viral God – deur Pieter Roeloffse

Unseen Presence/Viral God – deur Pieter Roeloffse

 

deur Pieter Roeloffse

Ever-present God,
You are like the virus —
unseen, yet only seen
against the backdrop
of the effect of Your presence.

Here Your virus-like resemblance stop,
because:
You, invisible Presence —
release captives from self-isolation.
You, undiscriminating Embrace —
free humanity from fear.
You, contagious Life —
breathes wholeness into all that You touch.

Forgive us where we’ve made You into a dreadful virus:
to isolate ourselves
from those in moralistic quarantine;
to keep the other
at a fearful distance;
to guard Your life-giving abundance
from the untouchables
in our self-absorbed scarcity.

Free us from our virus-like behaviour of:
distrust
isolation
fear
self-masking.

Infect us anew with Your life-giving
presence
embrace
love
life.

We pray this in the name of the One
who was crowned with suffering
and therefore with glorious life,
Jesus, the contagious Giver of life.

Amen