An effortless endeavor
Seekers of God were drawn to You early on,
prepared to overcome every obstacle to liberation.
They begged You to instruct them in the Way;
to speak into their ears the Word of words.
You entered the Jhopdi one evening;
emerged wordless for the rest of your life.
Your fingers spoke - at everyone's insistence -
of love, obedience and surrender.
Love - not the least bit amenable to force or will.
Obedience - mere disciplined ambition
unless prompted by a guileless heart.
Surrender - a letting go, a giving up
of all hope and desires, low and high.
Love, obedience, surrender -
each an effortless endeavor,
dependent upon the Master's grace.
Eruch proposed determination -
not quite effort - but, something to do while waiting
for the buds to unlimber, the fruit to soften,
the wine to ferment in its ancient wooden casks.
O child of God, embrace the process.
It is that to which we must surrender.