Love your enemies

          Love your enemies
         and pray for those who persecute you,

                  —Matthew 5.44

In the beginning was the Word.
The Word gives life,
the light of all people.
All people.

We bury the light,
the divine light in our heart,
we disbelieve it, deny it,
revolt against it.
It’s the very light—our fear of it—
that makes us awful.

Love the poor child,
lost and afraid
of their own light.
Pity them, and want for them only
that they come home.

Love that in everyone.
Love it in the struggling neighbor
and in the awful, the tyrant, the evil ones.

As you stand for justice,
confront the oppressor,
resist the bearers of evil,
do it with love in your heart,
for them, and for the world.
Disarm them as you must,
with love for the lost child in them
and for the ones they harm.

Keeping our heart in the light
gives us courage to fight evil
with love.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

February 12, 2020

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