For Helen

Lead Lead and we shall follow

Leave Leave and we shall miss you Miss you dearly But whatever you do Keep leading

Lead, not by barking orders But by raising others into leadership Lead, through quiet conversations Over coffees and under tree boughs Lead by the Spirit

Lead, by holding a space And inviting others to inhabit it fully Lead by making the blank pages Lead by singing and songwriting Lead by healing and by witness Lead, gently but firmly Lead us to the feet of our Crucified God

Lead, in grief and in joy Lead, by opening the door that crack wider Lead through shadow and through sunlight

Lead, with your hands wide open Whatever you do Do that