LET LOVE BE REAL: for Griff

Let love be real

Let love be real, in giving and receiving,

without the need to manage and to own;

a haven free from posing and pretending,

where every weakness may be safely known.

Give me your hand, along the desert pathway,

give me your love wherever we may go:

as God loves us, so let us love each other,

with no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Let love be real, not grasping or confining,

that strange embrace that holds yet sets us free;

that helps us face the risk of truly living,

and makes us brave to be what we might be.

Give me your strength when all my words are weakness,

give me your love in spite of all you know:

as God loves us, so let us love each other,

with no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Let love be real, with no manipulation,

no secret wish to harness or control;

let us accept each other’s incompleteness,

and share the joy of learning to be whole.

Give me your hope through dreams and disappointments,

give me your trust when all my failings show:

as God loves us, so let us love each other,

with no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

(Eric Forster, 1911-2000)

(image from http://www.redbubble.com/people/sel201/works/7109889-love-is-patient)

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6 thoughts on “LET LOVE BE REAL: for Griff

      1. thank you, and I hope the same for you too. It’s certainly the way I experience God’s love. As for us mere mortals – I guess it is impossible to be like this all the time, although some people become closer to it than others.

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