July 5, 2012
DNA from two bloodlines;
joined family cultures that may differ
more than the alleles from each.
Our first big choice made for us
No personal say, no do-overs,
we might as well have no regrets.
What’s done is done.
But still and all
the other choices
are left to us
We have the life;
we are a new amalgam
a new beginning for humankind.
It’s as though Adam and Eve had come together for us,
brought us forth and lifted us up to God,
physically and figuratively offering us up,
their gift to the future of the race.
Whether our own parents did this
or not, does not, in the long term, matter.
We each are lifted and gifted.
The One who has loved us well before
our first two cells were joined,
long before our bodies first touched air,
and air exited our lungs as a cry of life
still offers himself to us.
Our crucial choice is to accept God’s gift to us.
If we do, we allow him to do
what may or may not have been done in infancy.
Finding God’s offer of adoption;
accepting his gift of a new birth,
allows him to put aright the long and tiring list
of things done and undone, to wipe clean the slate.
Blood shed while hanging from a tree,
meant as a sign of ignominity,
creates a womb for all who will believe.
And we, accepting this new place of warmth
and comfort and re-creation,
become ourselves a new iteration;
through a time of protected growth,
of learning a new family story;
a new culture of life and love and mutual nurturing,
through learning reliance on our new family’s story,
our new family’s culture,
accepting a new nature,
receiving love so unlimited we can’t comprehend it,
assenting to obedience to higher laws,
adapting ourselves to a way of life
in which offering ourselves to those in need
of word and bread and health and love,
are as natural and essential as breathing, drinking, and eating,
as we ourselves, splitting cell by splitting cell
achieve a new birth, having accepted our unseen, all-loving parent,
our new Father; our new Brother whose blood was spilled
that we might be joined to his Father, our Father;
a new Spirit, poured out upon all who accept this rebirth;
a new mother, once given to the one known as the beloved disciple,
and by extension to us all.
Our new and forever Father’s outreached hand
offers a life unlike a fairy tale’s fiction
Its title and final pages carry only two words, and entirely new diction;
Alpha replacing page one; Omega extending untattered to the end.
Living happily ever after in our eternal Family, the end of the matter.