Saturday, April 23, 2016

Going the Second Mile

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:38-48 

We often want what's easy
a soft bed and a warm home
folks who agree with us
who talk and understand us.

The extra mile is where trouble is
honesty and exhaustion converge
our true selves brought to the edge
leaning on the one we were helping.

We often want patience
when we are unwilling to bend
we want to be lifted up
when we have fallen down.

It is that extra mile that brings
a test of true loving hearts
where we are able to find ourselves
again as we let ourselves go.

Come walk the extra mile
without being asked give in to need
climb the rough path a little further
and see the smiling face of God.

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