When Love calls us gently by our name,
we stop and listen to her familiar voice –
One we recognized even before our conception.
Silently we are humbled by Love’s delicate expression
that softens our hearts and eases our minds
likes the effect of a baby’s innocence on
a mother after birth; forgetting all the pain she
embraces this new life into her bosom,
in awe and wonder.
When Love calls us proudly by our name,
we no longer have to hide in isolation
or shame, forced to accept enduring
suffering and pain. Like a lioness
protecting her cubs, Love provides protection
and comfort in the outbreak of danger and fear.
Her might will prove that her foes of hatred
and fear are only companions of lies who
sought in vain to do us harm.
When Love calls us kindly by name,
we will know that we are at home,
where we are welcomed, accepted,
and always able to kick off our shoes,
whether we are happy or singing the blues.
Like friends who have known each
other for years, Love embraces
the beauty of our personhood and dries our tears.
She knows who we are all too well.
And since Love knows us and has called our name,
Our response to life has never been quite the same.
Because of Love’s call, our lives are changed.
Copyright © Malcolm Varner