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This talk starts and ends with a mystery, so I can’t tell all without spoiling that surprise. In the middle, I talk about why it can be so hard to receive the love of God. Can you think of two different ways to avoid each of these ways of being loved?
1. Know Yourself
2. Receive the Person
3. Accept Loving Discipline
I can! And those two ways help show us the way back to that Love who awaits us full courteously (as Juliana of Norwich would say). The first group to hear this talk got a poem from me, in addition to that mystery substance. Here’s a taste of “Let Yourself be Loved” :
Like sweet sap yearning out from root to branch, let Love rise in and remain in me. Like patient minerals petrifying wood, let Love transform my substance into love. Like insistent blood prevailing over numbed limbs, let Love awaken me to living pain. Like unimpeded torrents condescending to the sea, let Love wash past and draw me to deep rest.
There’s more where that came from, if you like poetry. I realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but there are things that just can’t be said any other way. Here’s a collection of my talks that feature poetry, poems, or poetic formation.