Go In Pieces
"Go out into this world in peace, and go knowing that the God who sends you out into this world does not send you alone. This God goes before you, is behind you, is all around you and in you."
"May the Lord bless and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you. May the Lord be kind and gracious to you, and give you peace."
The task is ended.Go in pieces.Our faith has been rear-endedcertainty amendedand something might be mendedthat we didn't know was torn.And we are fire.Bright, burning fire,turning from the higher placesfrom which we fell,emptying ourselves into thehellin which we'll findour loving, and belovedbrothermothersisterfatherfriendAnd so friends, the task is ended.Go in piecesto see and feel your world.
I think the words that resonate with me so profoundly are the ones that are repeated at the beginning and the end:
"The task is ended/Go in pieces."
What I love about this is the honesty and the imagery it brings up for me. Sometimes, the words "go in peace" might not be what we need to hear. Instead, we might need to know that we are being broken apart.
And not broken apart to be left that way, but broken apart enough to let the light in to dispel our own darkness and let that light shine for others.
Sometimes, we need to "go in pieces" because that's the only way to "see and feel" the world and the people around us. We need to have our armor shattered, our barriers broken down, and our walls breached.
So, friends, this task has ended.
Go in pieces.
See and feel.
Let your brokenness be how you experience the Divine within and without you.
And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.