book I: chapter 6-7

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

Appetites

The spoiled children of her heart
Beg their mother for more and more
They cram more candy in the cart —
How can their mother leave the store?

The appetites’ whining won’t cease;
Mother must leave children behind.
True detachment will bring release,
Freedom of heart, and peace of mind.

She sets her heart on new treasure —
The Kingdom’s keys hid in the field:
Steadfast faith, love without measure,
And hope of a hundred-fold yield.

The appetites crave fool’s gold;
For glitter, liberty is sold.

May the Master liberate our hearts from all that keep us from Him.

(c) Paul Buis, 2003