First Commandment

         Which commandment is the first of all?
         The first is, “You shall love the Holy One your God with all your heart,
         and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
         The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
         There is no other commandment greater than these.

                       —Mark 12. 29-31

God, you know how I put other things first:
to be right, to be safe, to belong.
I confess. I repent.

I already belong to you, eternally, absolutely.
I am safe in you. I need not earn your love,
or prove my worthiness, or have others approve.

I only need to let the love you give me
become all of me: to love you with all of myself,
every little thing I do an act of love,

and to pass that love to others,
always and no matter what,
to never compromise my love with anything else.

Oh, stand for justice, speak the truth,
say the hard things, prohibit abuse,
but only with love, not anything else,

anything else.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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