“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth;
                      I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
           For I have come to set a man against his father,
                      and a woman against her mother…”

                           —Matthew 10.34-35

If you follow love
some people, even dear, want your loyalty
You leave the lane,
you silence cheerleaders,
arouse cynics.
You travel uncharted routes,
following indecipherable markings
on your heart.
Even in the city there are no maps.
People stare at your compass
as if it’s wrong.
Hurt at the uncloaking of cherished lies,
they haul out swords, to cut you off.
Do not believe their divisions and departures.
The love you follow,
though it set them against you,
makes you one.
You are more deeply connected
than they can imagine:
surrounded, accompanied, held.
Yes, Beloved, even faced with swords
the Companion stands beside you;
even through the wastelands
we are with you.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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