November 17, 2023 • Article, De Pree Journal

At the center of things

is gift.

It is sacrilege to turn

gift into obligation.

That is why in prayer

you may ask

but not demand.

That is also why

gratitude is always

the right response.


God commands

but does not coerce.

If anyone could coerce

God could;

If anyone should coerce

God should;

But God doesn’t.


God’s gift to us is

the gift of response

a mirror image of

God’s own freely chosen


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