Gospel of Innocence

Easter 2023


Surrounded by noise
it’s difficult to discern
how life each day
speaks through starlight
and the colors of spring.
Tiny birds flit about,
rivers loosen as ice
releases its grip
and though your body
descends in the arc of age
the inner voice remains clear.
Why take up the sword
the closed hearted invite?
On this day
the gospel of innocence
holds space for all
and through the pain,
the long suffering and despair,
into the light of forgiveness
you rise.






















Reading of “Gospel of Innocence” with music by Kenny Burrell


9 Responses to “Gospel of Innocence”

  1. Stephen Bodaness says:

    Thank you Don for this Sunday meditation! For me, maintaining a clear inner voice is essential in discerning how life speaks through Starlight and the colors of Spring. Beautiful!

  2. John Albright says:

    Beautiful, Don. The way is clear when the inner voice is what is heard amongst the din.

  3. David Barnes says:

    It is Good News Don! the Gospel of Innocence proclaimed in daily living is the beginning and the ending of the process by which the Word is made flesh, and there is so very much that gets filled in between these alpha and omega points that mark the procession through this incarnation, moving from glory unto glory as this Gospel opens for all who will walk into this holy portal space, and relax and release upon the mercy seat in the light of forgiveness and peace. I am grateful for you, and for all that opens in this way.

  4. Tom Figel says:

    Don, the hope of forgiveness is a perfect message for Easter and every day. With your poetic talent, you come to the point without the circular, ornate rhetoric that will be offered from many pulpits. Thank you.

  5. Andrew Shier says:

    This is very powerful, Don, in its simplicity and loving care. Thank you friend.

  6. Andrew Shier says:

    One more thing Don: I appreciate what Tom Figel said about your pointedness. You carry a sword wielded and honed by humility, innocence and a deep reverence for the Divine. Glad you are amongst us.

  7. Don..I love the image of the gospel of innocence!

  8. Athena Coleman says:

    This is so beautiful, Don, thank you.

  9. Mike McCauley says:

    Don — Beautiful poem & Easter message! Parts of your verse remind me of Fr John Dunne’s definition of faith as “the willingness to live in uncertainty without despair.” Thanks for sharing this.

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