Posted by: Postordinandy | March 27, 2014

John 15 (pt 4)

For all the misplaced, mistimed and misjudged efforts you can instantly recall,

The children of God remain commanded to love.

Love that is costly, and sometimes unwelcome,

Love that weeps hot tears in prayer, and serves hot tea in large mugs,

Love that takes no account of wrongs, or looks for recompense,

Love that, although it remains a pale shadow of the Lover of all,

Strives to take his shape and mimic his actions.

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This, he said, is how we will be known,

How others will see beyond us to the wellspring of love that feeds our soul,

And desire to drink from its cool waters for themselves.

Our hard hearts too often offer no embrace to those in need,

Our hard words and actions leave scars on damaged skin,

But love flows on regardless, as we are invited to surf on that wave.

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“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” [John 15:12-17]

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