I cannot love my mother

Honour your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; NLT).

Love your neighbour (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).



I cannot love my mother
As a parent,
Because of her
Emotional abuse.

Nor can I ever love her
As a neighbour,
For we cannot agree
A basic truce.

I cannot even love her
As a foe, Lord,
Though you’d think that would be
Just what I could do.

So instead, I try to love her
As a stranger,
And as if that stranger, Lord my God,
Is you.

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