Love Redeemed

Love Redeemed

By Jennifer Allen

She said, “I was once religious,

              Then I was spiritual,

                             Then I was alone,

                                           Then I despaired,

                                                          Now I don’t know if I believe in anything.”

Her reasons fell from her lips like a cascade of tears.

              Jihad                  

Crusade                           

Honor killing                                  

Inequality                                                     

Violence                                                                      

He said, “you have been blind to my tears mingling with yours”

              Raining

                             Falling

                                           Pooling

                                                          Pouring

                                                                        Flooding

Enough tears to fill a universe of oceans big enough for Leviathan

Not one ocean                

Not three                                       

Not seven                                                     

Not forty                                                                     

Not seventy times seven                                                                                     

Infinite                                                                                                                                 

Shared sorrow over the misuse of The Name, worship without love has no meaning

              Hindu

                             Buddhist            

                                           Jewish

                                                          Christian

                                                                        Muslim

                             The world has forgotten the truth of their faith

Blindness          

Power                               

Arrogance                                      

Self-love                                                       

Idols                                                                             

She rediscovers those shared and mingled tears

              Redemption     

                             Reconciliation

                                           Forgiveness

                                                          Unity

                                                                        Grace

Brother and sister become one in faith and the tears of the universe are wiped away

Fear gone

Hate now love

Oppression is freed

Subjugation is uplifted

Separation is unified

The Kingdom of God calls all to God with just one word

Love

Love

Love

Love

Love

And God waits for all the beloved, believing in us until we can stand together and love like God

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