11. Yes

Yes: the practice of consecration and surrender, deepening by joining.

3 responses to “11. Yes

  1. This is a benediction song drawn from a quote from St. Teresa of Avila. It suggests the “yes” of joining with God, embodying the Spirit of Christ:

    Steve Bell has also recorded the song – a beautiful recording:

  2. A Prayer

    Yes.

    You seduce me into coupling with your holiness.
    You propose a union in mutual devotion.
    You request the honor of my presence in
    The honor of your presence.
    I say Yes.
    You challenge me to a duel to the life.
    You invite me to wrestle, to fight, to play, to a match,
    Winner gives all, and both sides win.
    You make me an offer I don’t want to refuse.
    You offer a full partnership, a joint venture,
    A merger, an un-leveraged buy-out.
    Yes. I say yes.

    You invite me to join you at the speed of light forever.
    You call me into the very center of the stillness now.
    You place “with me” after every verb – walk, talk, work;
    Live, give, love; see, be free, be; cry, sigh, die, fly.
    I say yes.

    I ask, Can you accept me? Forgive me? Guide me?
    You ask, Can you trust me? Let me? Follow me?
    We both say yes.

    I have never been here before.
    This is all new to me:
    To be taken up into you,
    To join you,
    To experience religion, minimal but true.

    How fragmentary those glimpses were before!
    How I mistook a fragment for the whole!
    How much more awaits to be discovered!
    How high, how deep, how broad, how wide!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.

  3. Now the table is spread
    and all has been prepared.
    There is room for all who would come
    and recall the meals you shared.

    Now we pass ’round the bread
    and we share the wine.
    Whether first or last,
    whether most or least,
    All may come share in the feast.

    Help us embody your love
    and welcome all who we meet.
    May this bread bring us to new life;
    may this wine make our bitterness sweet.

    Now we pass ’round the bread
    and we share the wine.
    Whether first or last,
    whether most or least,
    All may come share in the feast.

    God, make us vessels of joy
    that spread Your true unity.
    Help us share Your peace in the world
    til we’re one cosmic family.

    Now we pass ’round the bread
    and we share the wine.
    Whether first or last,
    whether most or least,
    All may come share in the feast.

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