Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet"; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Let Love (A mother's anthem to her daughters)
When I could not imagine more joy
you looked at me with a food smeared face
hair ribboned with rubbed in debris
and laughed the song of love
until the universe broke open wide.
When I could barely walk so pain heavy
you lightly slide in next to me
testing the pillow, joking and teasing
complaining about the insincerity of teachers
embracing a mother enough for you.
When flung far across the country
you still held me accountable for traditions
the underwear at Valentine's Day and the pie
the pie that is always needed at every occasion
when popcorn doesn't make it special enough.
When you uttered your first cry
and when you fell down on the playing fields
the day you walked, the day you strode across
a stage in cap and gown so regal and smiling
in every moment you make love grow beyond measure.
A sweetheart is important but a daughter well
she is beauty irreplaceable and magnificent
a giggle factory and a storming furious mob
she is light in darkness and a bestest friend
and I have three, so blessed, so humbled.