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It is quiet here, alone with friends.
But how long can I tarry?
I must arise and return.
There is no other way
to see it all through.

Gathering together his friends,
sleepy-eyed and tired,
they grumble about the walk back,
but put aside their weariness,
knowing the One they follow
carries the greater burden.

What can I teach them that they
have not heard before? Like
children, they understand so
slowly. Yet, Father, you have
given them to me, and I send
them to the world, that they
might be freed by Your Truth,
and become truth-speakers for
a world imprisoned by darkness

There are many stories I can tell,
many parables that they will hear.
Some will understand now, and the
rest in the coming days. But those
who are against me, continue to ask.
They ask not to know, but to test
and examine.  A scribe steps forward
to ask the question:

“Which commandment is the greatest of all?”

Jesus gives the clever scribe the answer –
the answer that such a learned man already knows:

“The first is, ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God,
the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul, and
with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor
as yourself.’ There is no other commandment
greater than these.”

Then the eyes and heart of the scribe were opened.
He knew to Whom he spoke. “Rabbi, you have
said the plain truth. Loving God first, then one another
is greater than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

With love, Jesus answered this scribe –
the ultimate blessing in answer to his wisdom,
“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

After that, there were no more questions.


Pray for North Korea, and all who hunger and thirst for justice.  I wish you all the abundant blessings of enough. . .