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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

To Further the Reign of Love

Poems From The Porch

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Today I am giving you the desire of your heart so that you may further the reign of Love and find joy in the process.

Observe the banquet before you and recognize that the offerings are for your choosing.

What you select from the buffet creates the feast of your life.

Occasionally the decision is between dishes that you don’t like, but still you must choose . . .

to persevere, to trust, to have courage, to believe that good will come or

to blame the chef and starve.

I often save the best wine for last, so don’t be deceived.

The desire of your heart may be hidden in the bitter morsels.

Engaging With The Poem

Poetry can be a doorway to the soul and your own creativity. Throughout the ages, the written word has been used as a means to access personal truth and as a vehicle for prayer through the practice of sacred reading (lectio divina). I encourage you to try this beautiful practice and let its fruits be self-evident.

How to Practice Sacred Reading


Read the passage through slowly more than once, noticing how it feels in your body and the response of your heart.

Reflect: What word resonates with you? What phrase speaks to you? What overall personal meaning comes to you? Allow yourself to follow a tangent.

Respond by making space for the prayer of your heart to manifest. Write down the words and/or phrases that resonate with you and allow them to arrange themselves into your own poem or prayer.

Rest with your eyes closed, perhaps using the word that most resonates with you as your mantra for silent meditation.


Dear friend,

May your mind be peaceful and calm, may your body be relaxed and comfortable, and may your heart be filled with love.

Thank you for reading.

Blessings and gratitude, Ani

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