Step into the dawn.
Cut the cord.
Pull the plug.
Break the chains
that tie and bind.
like Nelson Mandela released from prison
into the possibility
of a new path
where enemies are surprised by grace.
Life, in its misery and delight,
has led you here.
All is learning.
Let go the past.
Awaken to signs and wonders.
Become aware of wise guides and rock cairns
pointing and reassuring the way.
Find your Anam Cara, your Caol Ait*:
the people and places who feed your soul.
Hold them close.
Recognize the hope of resurrection in each new day,
to begin again
and go forth into life yet unlived
to make peace,
be pure of spirit,
to walk humbly,
loving mercy and kindness,
and do the good you know to do.
See with new eyes
the path that has always been,
that leads us to where we belong –
that leads us home.
* Anam Cara is a Celtic word meaning “soul friend.” Caol Ait is a Celtic word meaning “thin place”—where the distance between the divine and the human is so thin it facilitates a spiritual encounter.
Christy Caine, head admin of the Unfundamentalist Christians Facebook page, is a writer, advocate, and mom of boys. She is interested in justice, compassion, and where the worlds of faith and politics collide. She blogs at Leap of Fate, and is currently writing a spiritual memoir.