The Three Sides of Love
Have you ever been bleeding love on all sides,
Pouring out your heart in three directions at once,
Where all that makes you, you, needs all of you,
Completely, wholly, and there is no end in sight,
Where the immediacy of now is real, encompassing
Every corner of your body, flowing through every
Vein and leaking out, your fluid force of life, given,
Offered, none held back or hoarded, overflowing,
Breaking down walls and barriers, at once forever?
You should feel empty, but if you have, you get it:
There is nothing that could fill you so much. Perhaps,
This is living in the house of the Lord, a house
Where walls have long since come down, invisible,
But real, an embrace, where all that flowed out
Returns, as if it never left. There is no way to know
Such things: they must be experienced, felt, believed.
My prayer is not to deliver you from such things,
But to send you into their glorious center, so you
Can come to love like that and become fully human,
For this alone is the grace-filled image of God.