Love flows most fully from the aqueduct of the heart opened in silence.

‘But whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.‘” (John 4:14-15)

Love’s Gateway

The human heart is a deep well,
Littered with unloving debris.
Gazing within, it’s hard to tell
Where Love’s present in depths murky.

All the oceans cannot contain
Waters of Love, so pure and vast.
How can her heart hope to attain
Love? She’s a thimble by contrast!

In silence, the pure heart is stilled;
Debris settle — the depths are clean.
From well-turned-wellspring, she is filled;
As Love outpours in prayer serene.

Silence opens the wellspring’s gate:
That life-giving Love may outflow;
That her heart’s longings He may sate;
That His serenity she’ll know.

Silence, for Love, is a gateway;
A source of life for all who pray.

May the Spirit aid us in silencing our hearts so that His love may fill our hearts to overflowing.

(c) Paul Buis, 2004