Thursday, February 17, 2011

Open for Business


Open for Business
It’s all stretched out,
this giving:
the open hands,
the empty palms,
arms raised in surrender.
I don’t give once, walk away
and say:
Now I have given and
It is finished.
The open is stationary
a 24 hour mini-mart,
remaining fixed in time
but perhaps never fixed in space.
And so I wear a sign:
We never close.
A reminder that even if there are
locks on the door,
open for business all day, every day,
means all day, every day.

And was His giving the same?
It remains, transfixed, once and for all,
but is it as if even this day He must say:
Not my will?
Are His eternal, always and forever hours of business posted
with the slogan:
Still emptying Myself,
and, after all these years,
still taking on the form of a servant.
Is His giving
stretched out like His body?
True Love self-donated:
open hands,
empty palms,
arms raised in surrender.
Because this is a love that cannot close
Whose giving does not end,
Laying down my life for my friends.


Image is the San Damiano cross by Tom Kelly

3 comments:

Brian Miller said...

smiles. great verse...and yes its always open...and that verse "no greater love..." is one of my favs...

Joybird said...

this is a love that cannot close...I like this.

emily wierenga said...

ooh april i like this: this stretching out of giving, giving, giving, never closing... such grace you paint here. thank you.

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