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InterFaith Weddings

&

SevaFriend Wedding Ministry

AN OFFERING

I HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD TO SEE THIS

I have come into the world to see this:

the sword drop from men's hands even at the height

of their arc of anger

because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound

and it is His - the Christ's, our

Beloved's.

I have come into this world to see this:


all creatures hold hands as we pass through

this miraculous existence we share on the way
to even a greater being of soul,

a being of just ecstatic light,

forever entwined and at play

with Him.

I have come into the world to hear this:

every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in

the Divine's womb and began spinning from

His wish,

every song by wing and fin and hoof,

every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child,

every song of stream and rock,

every song of tool and lyre and flute,

every song of gold and emerald

and fire,

every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity

to know itself as

God;

for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching ~

only imbibing the glorious Sun

will complete us.

I have come into the world to experience this:

men so true to love

they would rather die before speaking

an unkind

word,

men so true their lives are His covenant ~

the promise of

hope.

I have come into the world to see this:

the sword drop from men's hands

even at the height of

their arc of

rage

because we have finally realized

there is only one flesh

we can wound.

~ Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz, Persian mystic

c. 1320-1389