faith, green as a leaf

…walking on holy ground means entering a new dimension, looking beyond our familiar horizons – and becoming…

Removing whatever stands between us and God means learning a new simplicity: “the simplicity this side of complexity is worthless; it is the simplicity that is on the far side of complexity which is priceless” [Oliver Wendell Holmes]

Becoming    …healed – means realising that healing is not a destination, but a signpost to what is to come…

The Kingdom

It’s a long way off but inside it

There are quite different things going on:

Festivals at which the poor man

Is king and the consumptive is

Healed; mirrors in which the blind look

At themselves and love looks at them

Back; and industry is for mending

The bent bones and the minds fractured

By life. It’s a long way off, but to get

There takes no time and admission

Is free, if you purge yourself

Of desire, and present yourself with

Your need only and the simple offering

Of your faith, green as a leaf.

 Taken from R.S.Thomas, Collected Poems 1945-1990

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