A Sunday Riposte

Love Thy Neighbour


The greatest of all lessons I ever learned:

That the harsh regulations could (and should) all be burned

Because none of the scriptures to which we have turned

Count for anything at all without love.


The rules can just frustrate and then we all lose

The point is that we each can quite freely choose

To develop our characters like people whose

Greatest attribute was love.


Love for the needy; the lonely; the poor;

Love for the wealthy; the unhealthy; the whore;

For the faithful; the haters; the lovers and more;

Above everything else, just love.


In a world mired in agony, sickness and violence

Where compassion seems lost, how can we show defiance?

When the greatest and most damning insult is silence

Stand up and be counted and LOVE.



I borrowed the idea for the graphic from a slide shown in this morning’s church service.

I was pleased with the teaching and the encouragement to put aside prejudice and LOVE:

actively, indiscriminately and effectively.

Because that’s the most important thing of all, if not the POINT of it all. And silence – a lack

of compassion or action to make a difference, borne of love

for our fellow humans – is as big an insult

as I could think of.

And as daft, because then we all lose.

Together we’re stronger.



31 comments on “A Sunday Riposte

  1. sourgirlohio says:

    This is excellent. I wish everyone shared your philosophy.
    And it reads beautifully as well.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lrconsiderer says:

      I wish so too! The world would be a better place for it. I just needed a moment on my idealistic soapbox. It’s something which really pisses me off, that I can sit in a church full of middle class people sat watching a video of people ignoring a homeless man when he collapsed in the street but rushing to help a businessman when he did the same (staged, to see who would help), and in the back of the church is a barely half-filled trolley of groceries for the local food bank.

      Hypocrisy gets me mad. Really mad. And a lack of compassion and a lack of ACTION to help our fellow human is something which I won’t shut up about.

      And it’s not just in churches, either. It stinks. It’s everywhere. It taints everything and divides us as a species – those things which make us shy away from other people because of prejudice.

      We’re all the same in the middle, and we all bear responsibility for looking after each other.

      And I probably need to shut up now before I *really* get going.

      But thanks for liking the poem πŸ™‚


  2. Fida says:

    This is amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Inspiring graphic and poem, both should be the optimum aim in life.

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    • lrconsiderer says:

      Absolutely – we all belong to each other, in a way, and without love, we are nothing and stand alone. We need each other, and we need to recognise that need in other people. It’s so easy, yet terrifyingly hard at the same time.


  4. Love this one, Lizzi. This is an important message I wish more people would embrace.

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  5. Love. Words that desperately need to be heard wide and far.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. This was lovely. A lot of inspiration and motivation to just love more! A great read too.


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  7. Yes. (And fill the rest of the comment box with humble silence, which my friend Muriel Rukeyser holds as the greatest compliment a poet and her poem may receive.)

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Michelle says:

    This is so gorgeous. XXXOOOXOXOOXO

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Truth indeed! All the words, scripture, churches, preachers and teachers are meaningless if love is not held as the highest level to which we can and should attain. “The greatest of these is love!” “Love one another”.. and there are no disclaimers following either admonition!

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    • lrconsiderer says:

      Absolutely none, yet putting it into practice sometimes seems to come with so many provisos, which sucks and makes the whole deal VERY frustrating. Not to mention the damage done by those who practice hatred in the name of God or the church or religion or whatever. Gah!


  10. YES YES YES YES YES!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Oh, how I just get this so much. (You know I do) Without love- faith can never be lived out in our lives. Those who cannot “Love one another”, often have such hard hearts in need of love. So?

    We love even those. The ones who are hardest to love. The UNloveable.

    Look what Jesus did…

    Just that.

    Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • lrconsiderer says:

      I think the one I would find absolutely the hardest would read “Love your Westborough Baptist neighbour” or “Love your abortion doctor neighbour” or “Love your ISIS terrorist neighbour” or “Love your rich, western banker neighbour”…or maybe even “Love your Member of Parliament neighbour”…

      Those (to me) would be far more challenging to treat lovingly than someone I was able to feel compassion for. Fortunately I don’t think you have to *feel* loving to ACT with love…do you? You just have to choose to behave it.



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