When we are faced with choosing love

Our gazes do not see

The precious ones God placed on earth;

Our heart gives breach entrée.


A neighbor we ignore today

Expands the fissure’s gap.

The less we love, the more we’re prone

To Shadow’s fearful trap.


The less we love, the less we love

‘til friends and kin laid bare.

Susceptible to darkened heart

We even cease to care.


And enemy – well, who could love

Such wretched sinners strayed.

Yet, Jesus did; forgave them, too.

Could he your heart persuade?


We boast of being Christians, but

Our acts his words demean,

His call to love, to walk his will

Create a vast ravine.


Shadow-personAs shadow overtakes your heart

And chasm seems no end

The answer is to love and hear

Both enemy and friend.


The more we love, the more our heart

Desires to love free.

The love of God takes over and

We love our enemy.


We see beyond the surface; yes

We see the tears below.

Our heart sees pain and hurt and wounds

The heart denies to show.


And as we’re willing to accept

God mercy, love and grace,

Outside of Shadow’s grip we rise

Into the Light’s embrace.


Thank you, Little Monk, for the inspiration for this poem.


  1. Reblogged this on FOR THE LOVE OF GOD and commented:
    I love, love poetry and especially inspirational poetry, but this is more. This causes reflection which is equally important and I can’t think of a better way to cause us to think and look inward!
    Be sure to check out Sister Susan’s personal site and find her on Church Set Free also!


    1. Thank you, my sweet brother. ❤


  2. Beautiful and poignant poem Susan…the power of love bringing us out of the shadows. Bless you dear friend ❤


    1. You, too Sherri. Hope you are all doing well and His love surrounds your family. ❤

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      1. Thank you so much Susan… xo


  3. Profoundly beautiful. Thank you and God bless.


    1. 🙂 Thank you. Means a lot.

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  4. The more mercy, love and grace we accept, the more able we are to pass them along to our ‘enemies’ who are potential sisters and brothers. Thanks, Susan, for this reflective and timely poem.


    1. Yes, right on the money, Elouise. But we have to desire to see them walk into the Father’s arms, just as Jesus wants to see them saved.

      Thank you for your insightful comment.

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      1. Absolutely!

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  5. Oh so true, Susan! The Heart’s ability to LOVE is inexhaustible. The more we do so, the more we are able to Love. Now isn’t that something? (smile) Great post!!! ❤


    1. ❤ Thank you, Amy.

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