Perfect your love

           Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
           bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
           Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.
           Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High;
           for God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
           Be merciful, just as your Mother-Father is merciful.

                           —Luke 6. 27-28, 35-36

Cleanse us, O God,
of our errant thoughts (our vain projections)
that your love is in payment of deserving,
that your payback is anything but love.
Holy One, you who love your enemies fully,
deliver us from our fears
that you love only as humans do:
sometimes and incompletely,
diluted with glory and being right.
O God, you who are kind to the wicked,
forgive us for our lack of faith
in your perfect, absolute, unconditional love.
God, you who love and love only,
you who are love and love only,
help us to love,
to love without teaching lessons or getting even,
to love without getting it right and to love anyway.
Purge us of our choosy love.
May your love be in us, not our love, but yours.
Merciful One, perfect your love in us.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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