I asked for guidance;
You offered silence –
a path not chosen for me,
but walked with me.
The bread of companionship.
The wine of oneness.
Your Word – so ardently shaped by Your Silence –
how, in good faith, should I now
prefer one to the other?
‘Move toward kindness,’ Rumi said.
The Mandali were kind enough
to accept me as a fellow lover of God
and, years later, daring to hear
the root meaning of that word: ilk, sort, type –
a kindred spirit to those valiant souls
and, ultimately – improbably – to You.
O child of God – you, the Christ and the Father are One.
Salvation depends upon the kindness of God.