The Yoking (A Prayer for Unity, Christian and Otherwise)

We are caught inside this swath of love
this massive yoking
where we love one and are all-loving,
this massive yoking
where we love all and are love’s focusing.
Christ’s mystery and enigma,
this yoking love, this kingdom becoming.

But in moments beneath love’s canopy
when rain falls for the thirsty and light shines for the hungry,
ice cracks brutal over the cold and heat scorches dry over the brittle.
So we walk under blue skies and dark ceilings,
through fresh breezes and dusty drafts.
We know the burdening yoke and its blessings,
the rough harness and its relief.

These are our joys and challenges,
the balance of a life,
the yoga of loving.

Oh, that we would have eyes to see and ears to hear,
hearts to love and hearts to be loved,
for in you all things are light.

Amen, amen.

Inspired by Pope Francis and Fr. Beaver’s calls for Christian unity, and by Jason Gray’s “With Every Act of Love.”



  1. beautiful, inspiring, well written

    1. Amy @ Love and Be Loved says:

      Thank you for stopping by, Melanie, and for those kind words!

  2. Cynthia says:

    I love “the swath of love” and the idea of a “massive yoking” and “kingdom becoming” !! Wonderful and I agree with Melanie Jean…”inspiring and well written.” There is so much I love about this piece and your inspirations listed! “Love’s canopy” is beautiful “when rain falls for the thirsty” and “dusty drafts”. Great imagery and heart in this piece. I also love the repetition of Amen, amen at the end. Bravo!

    1. Amy @ Love and Be Loved says:

      Cynthia, I’m so thankful for your reading and commenting. I’m grateful for your kindness. I’m glad to know images came through clearly — this piece seemed big and heavy and perhaps could have been three different pieces completely…But, indeed, there was much heart. I’m thankful for the inspirations. None of us can write without them, can we? Blessings to you!

  3. Cynthia says:

    And a BIG GINORMOUS HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Love and Be Loved haven!!!! Love YOU and am so grateful you share your amazing talent and gift with us!!!

    1. Amy @ Love and Be Loved says:

      Ah, thank you for the birthday wishes ~ I’m thrilled to celebrate my blog’s first birthday! Thank you for your inspiration, support, and encouragement. The blog wouldn’t be here without you!

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