Even when love works hard –
And it does work hard –
It often does so with a smile
Rather than with gritted teeth.
I am reminded that the phrase
‘Love bears all things’
Can mean that love gives birth to all things.
When life comes, it comes through love.
[photo by novinha2007 per cc 2.0]
[This draws upon the work of Cynthia Bourgeault as quoted by Richard Rohr.]
I am at home within those arms,
Safe within that heart.
The Daddy who adopted me
Has shown me love,
Even when I was not aware
Even when I did not understand the sacrifice,
Even when I could not return it well.
My Daddy embodies love,
Drawing from the greater love,
That echoes in his embrace
And I am grateful.
[image edited from photo by Melissa Gutierrez per cc 2.0]
It is there
Deep, deep within the forest
Deep, deep inside my soul,
Deep within the smiles and words of friendship
Deep in certain books or poems
It is there.
Some call it life force, or beauty.
Some call it prahna or pneuma or ruach.
Whatever it is, I find it undeniable.
It is, for me, the deepest reality, and best hope.
I think I’ll call it love.
[photo is my own]
Words can only do so much.
They cannot contain the deepest truth,
But they can point the way.
They are not the handles for reality,
But they are tools for exploration.
And, so, let the words of my mouth
and the meditations of my heart
Hold true – even when they are too small
To hold truth.
[photo by Jan Glas per cc 2.0]
Every true friendship
Holds the whisper of divinity.
What some see in the sunrise,
I glimpse within your smile.
The hug you bring in greeting
Is always a double embrace.
These truths hold my heart
And feed my life.
[photo by Corey Balazowich per cc 2.0]