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Monday, 5 January 2015

Inviting Jesus to Tea

When Jesus enters the circle,
dress casual and warm.
Allow spaces 
for his wisdom.
Keep on smudging 
sweetgrass and sage.
Invite him to dance –
He is a relation.

When he stays for tea,
wear mauve, 
use the best china,
keep on praying, 
and massage his feet –
He’s probably tired
of what’s been done
in his name.

Inviting Jesus to Tea was inspired by an experience in a Medicine Circle on Vancouver Island. We were called upon to invite all our relations, when the spirit of my maternal grandmother brought Jesus with her into the Aboriginal healing ceremony, compelling me to be in unison with all the parts of who I am. 

The mixture of capital and small letters in the pronouns relating to Jesus is intentional. There is a sense of reverence woven in with an appreciation for his humanity.

First published in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, September, 2012

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