how do

I love you, Lord

when my mind

is so easily distracted

by the feuding on the internet,

the violence toward those unlike others,

and my inability to make a difference?

how can

I love you, Lord

when my heart

is crushed by

the strident disagreement among believers,

the bitterness of enemies,

the forgiveness which seems to elude everyone?

maybe,

just maybe,

if I stop hanging on

to all my questions,

let go of all my answers,

and be caught by your mercy,

I will be able to love

YOU

with all I am,

all I have,

all I ever hope to be.

Amen.

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,

and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.

And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22: 34-40

Two hands and a heart nurturing a person

Two hands and a heart nurturing a person

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