Poems

LOVE

You do not need to ask me, Lord, if I love You
You know I love You with all my heart

You do not need to ask me to follow You
I hear You
and I listen to You
to find out what You will me to do

You do not need to ask me to serve You, Lord
My life is in Your hands

I do not need You to tell me You love me
I know You love me, Lord

WORDS

Words can be as sweet as honey in the mouth
They can sustain us and drive us forward
Words can have a sour effect on our whole being
They can make us feel downhearted and ready to give in

But the Word of God is life-giving
Gentle, sweet, kind and forgiving
The Word of God teaches us right from wrong
Lord, You are the Word of God
Your words are spirit and everlasting
Amen

EQUAL

Lord, we have more or less what we need
to live a meaningful life
When times are hard You send help
You come to our aid
whenever we pray for holy assistance

When we have more than we need to survive
We are able to respond
to the needs of others who ask for help
We are held, by Your love, in a spiritual balance
of equality and perfection
Amen

LOVE IS ...

Love is not a feeling
Love is not jealous or greedy
Love is not an obligation
Love is not demanding or needy

Love is not unforgiving
Love is not a thing to be held up for the world to see

Love is not impatient or cruel
Love is not scathingly critical
Love is not seen or heard or felt or spoken
Love is not exchanged for money or affectionate token

Love is not a piece of communication
Love is not an object of desire
Love is not a test of loyalty or devotion
Love is not an idea or a thought or an emotion

Love is not a sigh nor is it a glimpse
Love is not an embrace or a kiss
Love is not handsome or attractive
Love is not spectacularly pretty

Love is not a whim
Love is not noisy or annoying
Love is not a poem of so many words

Love is a gift to be received in order for it to be given
Love is freely given to an open heart
A heart is open when it is willing and able to understand that
love is a gift freely given

Love is a selfless lifetime of unselfish hard labour
Love is simply beautiful and will outlive each and every one of us
Love is forever

SILENT INNOCENCE

Lord, I pray to be silent
So that, eventually all the badness will go away
Remember to listen to the quiet ones
They have plenty to say

Lord, You said not one word against anyone in Your own defence
Your silence speaks volumes of wisdom
We pray to be close to You, Lord
So we too, hear the defenceless cries of the innocent

When people trample over one another to get what they want
They are not aware that the end does not justify the means
Lord, help the innocent and the quiet ones in their hours of need

A SMALL SIGN

The wisdom of God is written in the clouds
God’s presence is in the clear blue sky
And also, in the rain that falls on the earth in abundance
We have everything we need to create a peaceful world

The Kingdom of heaven is the road to paradise
On the way through life, we look up and see a ray of hope
A small sign that all will be well, eventually
We pray for peace and reconciliation

We pray for an end to stubborn wills and cold hearts
Which do not recognise the smallest sign of God’s love
A love so great it envelops the whole world in one hand

THE GIFT OF PRAYER

Pray for a heart full of compassion, always aware of the needs of others
Pray for a heart of wisdom, strong in faith, able to discern good from evil
And do good, always
Pray for a great understanding of the needs of those who turn to us for help

Lord, You give us the gift of prayer so we can communicate with You
In a way which is both personal and universal
Bring all our hearts together to one place
Unite our prayers and make them into one great and holy prayer

WHERE IS GOD?

Where there is justice and integrity
There is God
Where there is unconditional love
There is God
Where there is lasting peace
There is God
Where there is compassion and mercy
There is God
Where there is undying generosity
There is God
Where there is beauty in abundance
There is God
Where there is truth
There is the Word of God
We see God’s world all around us
We do not see everything God has created
We can see only through the eyes of our soul the immensity of God’s creation
God is everywhere
Where there is love
There is God
Amen