For Love to Give Love

For Love to Give Love

How sad,
how tragically sad,
that we allow ourselves
to ruled and controlled by
our illusions and fears.
And so we live
much of our lives
in a prison of falsity.
This is not God’s plan
for any of us.
God wants us to know
true peace and freedom.

We were created in
the image of God,
which is to say
we were created
to mirror the love
of the Trinity
by giving ourselves away,
for life to give life,
for mercy to give mercy,
for compassion to give compassion,
for peace to give peace,
for love to give love.

Because we do not know
our real self,
our true nature,
we live in
darkness and doubt.
Conflicts haunt us.
We feel threatened.
And so we build walls
around ourselves
for protection.

In the depths of our being
we feel isolated, alone, naked.
Joy is fleeting.
Bitterness grows
in our uncultivated garden
starving for sunlight.
The goodness and creativity
of God
is unknown,
hidden, in part, by
our own brokenness,
our own weakness.

Only through humble eyes
can God be seen.
I am nothing;
God is everything.
But in my nothingness,
God gives me everything.

Humility helps
shatter illusions.
Humility is the truest form
of honesty.
It sees our weaknesses
and vulnerabilities.
Humility allows God
to transform our weaknesses
into strengths.

Humility is a pathway
to prayer.
Prayer is the doorway
to the heart,
the center of our being,
the place where we can
let go, let go of
pretense, pride, ego
and a host of things
blocking us from
the true source of life,
the true source of love,
God.
In the innermost
chamber of the heart
we see the dissonance
between the Spirit of God
and our spirit;
it is here we struggle
to dissolve that dissonance.
In the safety
of the heart
we can let go of fear
and we can
risk change.
In the heart,
conflict gives way
to harmony.
In the heart,
what’s mine
becomes God’s.
In the heart,
humility becomes
holiness.

God became vulnerable
for us.
And God’s vulnerability
is a supreme expression
of Divine Love.
A psalmist once said
God’s love is better
than life itself.
More to the point:
God’s love is life.
Without God,
I am nothing,
have no life.
With God,
I lack nothing,
have the fullness of life.
Love is life.
Jesus is a lover.

i n c o m p l e t e…

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