People of Faith & Moral Courage with Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

September 22, 2021 by Lee Hinson-Hasty

Editor’s note: Every other week, Lee Hinson-Hasty hosts a new episode of the series Leading Theologically via Facebook Live where he has a conversation with a different leader in ministry across the PC(USA). He asks each guest to share a charge and benediction at the conclusion of the conversation. We’ve transcribed each charge and benediction on the blog to inspire you in your ministry and your life.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

by Rumi

Taken from SELECTED POEMS by Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks (Penguin Classics, 2004).

Provided by Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

Watch the video of the conversation