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By Peter O
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"...you yourselves  are taught by God to love one another...."
1 Thess. 4:9


As I walk the frontier between us, and
If open to You, to Your "Law of Love,"
The distant border will disappear, for
I am one with Your Word.

I will love with a God-Taught love
That never leaves the soul with blemish
Nor scars nor stains, but
Turns the soul to peace,
Not so hate's code.

I will love with a God-Taught love
That goes straight to joy,
Wakes the soul to life, and
With a heart elated
Any underground of tears will leave,
A worn and wreck'd  heart will heal.

I will love with a God-Taught love
That takes me from "I-am-just-a-no-one,"
Blurred and stumbling in mists, and
Shape me into an Easter-child,
One with the Risen Jesus.


Grace my will  to let go
Breathing the empty air of sensitivity
Animating resentments,
The foul tongue of gossip
Often hiding jealousy and envy,
But most of all,
Pluck the stones from my heart
So that I will love with Your Love,
A God-Taught Love.

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Submitted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

About the Poet
I am 79 years of age. For the past nine years I have been retired, after forty years, from the field of alcoholism and drug abuse in New York City. I am married and we have two grown sons and two grand-sons. My life changed through a grace-experience in 1967. Writing Christian prayers is a particular interest of mine. This came about by a growing awareness of the spiritual in recovery from addictions. I choose, intellectually and emotionally, to believe the Triune God of the Sared Scriptures as my Healer.

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