When we are faced with choosing love
Our gazes do not see
The precious ones God placed on earth;
Our heart gives breach entrée.
A neighbor we ignore today
Expands the fissure’s gap.
The less we love, the more we’re prone
To Shadow’s fearful trap.
The less we love, the less we love
‘til friends and kin laid bare.
Susceptible to darkened heart
We even cease to care.
And enemy – well, who could love
Such wretched sinners strayed.
Yet, Jesus did; forgave them, too.
Could he your heart persuade?
We boast of being Christians, but
Our acts his words demean,
His call to love, to walk his will
Create a vast ravine.
As shadow overtakes your heart
And chasm seems no end
The answer is to love and hear
Both enemy and friend.
The more we love, the more our heart
Desires to love free.
The love of God takes over and
We love our enemy.
We see beyond the surface; yes
We see the tears below.
Our heart sees pain and hurt and wounds
The heart denies to show.
And as we’re willing to accept
God mercy, love and grace,
Outside of Shadow’s grip we rise
Into the Light’s embrace.
Thank you, Little Monk, for the inspiration for this poem.