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Words of Light and Hope from Helena Crockford LLM

Words of Light and Hope – Easter 6               Helena Crockford LLM

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. John 15:9-17

The lectionary readings in this Easter-tide place Love at the heart of life and faith. Here are two meditations on Love, one ancient, one contemporary.

Song of Solomon 2:9b-13       

…gazing in at the windows,
looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,

Stretched, by David Long-Higgins

O Love,
Stretch me just enough
To ready me for You
And the calling You offer
Already supported by You
On Your great trellis of love.

By your stretching grace
Help me live expectantly
Trusting You will reveal
The holding and releasing
Necessary to answer
Your call often overlooked
As daily or ordinary.

Grant me grace
O Love, to notice others
Often unseen in nearness
Their lives also stretched
By You for whatever
Purpose You reveal.

Let Your loving delight
Rise in our discovery
Of already being
Supported and held
And joined by You
For a work too large
For any one alone.

Yes, Love,
Stretch me into the we
Of Your deepest desire
Trusting Your support
Is always more than enough.