LOVE

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Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
                              Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
                             From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
                             If I lacked any thing.
A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
                             Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
                             I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
                             Who made the eyes but I?
Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
                             Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
                             My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
                             So I did sit and eat.
Source: George Herbert and the Seventeenth-Century Religious Poets  (W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1978)

7 thoughts on “LOVE

      1. Only if it suits you. There are Buddhists who also love…and Sir Paul McCarthy called, in MY SWEET LORD, an Indian god his lord…! Physical love is exactly as you’ve portrayed it. But if you wish to honor my Heavenly Father, I won’t mind at all…for God is love and Jesus Christ the embodiment of it…says the Bible. Your post–your choice! 😀

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      2. Yip—that’s what non-Christians and Christians—so-called —who ignore the importance and accuracy of the Bible. Bible says there is but one way to God the Father—through Jesus Christ the Lord. One of many references from the Bible saying this is…The Gospel of John Chapter 14: Verse 16…and many more

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      3. Well we would not expect the Bible to say
        that it was not the only way to salvation… would we? I don’t think God is so cruel.Although human beings are very cruel indeed sometimes.And yet some men gave their lives to help others like St Maximilian Kolbe.I accept your belief and value it.I don’t totally share it but we all differ.The main thing is compassion to others,Katherine

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      4. Which I indeed totally agree with! Although for most people there is a somewhat shadowy distinction of those DESERVING compassion, and those creatures that are considered subhuman and put here to be used and abused…such as the Untouchables in India, or young boys and girls in southeast Asia, and elsewhere, whose families are lied to for money and the child is forced to become a sex slave to be abused and thrown away when no longer young enough or useful to their captors—and whoever purchases them. The world–even religion—ignores these crimes against the innocent. (I’ll stop preaching—and YES, Christians have, in their lack of understanding done these things, too!

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