What we have confined, O Love,
you have exploded.

What we have defined, O Love,
you have confounded.

What we have constrained, O Love,
you have released.

What we have diminished, O Love,
you have overflowed.

What we have cast in stone, O Love,
you have made to dance.

What we have discarded, O Love,
you have set as foundational.

So now what can we say, except that
Love is our confession and our hope,
our penance and our release;
Love is the mystery of the angelic chorus
and the strength of a mother’s grief;
Love is the impossibility
for which we have made every possible substitution.

Come, O Love, and let us have no other gods. Come!


The Rev. Rachel G. Hackenberg‘s book with Martha Spong, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), searches for faith through life’s trials. Rachel has also written Writing to God, a popular Lenten devotional, and other books.


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