Love’s Ripple Effect

INTRO: I wrote this poem after I had been robbed of several thousand dollars’ worth of possessions. It was the few treasured possessions, which were of no value to the thief but of great value to me, that hurt the most. It took many months before I could move on from the anger and pain of loss that raged inside of me. I wrote three poems about this incident in a quest to process the emotions of loss and the invasion of privacy that theft causes. This poem is based on the Bible verse of The Golden Rule, found in Matthew 7:12, ‘Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.’ Beverley Joy

PODCAST – Love’s Ripple Effect

To learn to love Him and others

Is God’s grand command in life

Our human spirit is made to love

And it’s learned one deed at a time.


Each day is full of opportunity

To show love toward God and others

We make a choice at each moment

To follow the Golden Rule of Life.


Each act is like throwing a pebble into the pond of our life

Each pebble that touches the water causes a ripple effect

Once the pebble is thrown, once the deed is done

The ripple effect will follow in kind, ripples of consequence.


Choosing an act of love and kindness

Causes ripples of the same kind

Choosing an act of hatred and cruelty

Causes ripples of the same kind!


Foolish choices of self-centredness

Disregarding another’s wellness

Cause our spirits to suffocate

For God hard-wired us to love.


We can miss the point and purpose of life

And choose NOT to ‘smell the roses’

Choose NOT to look in wonder and awe

At the beauty and splendour of our world.


Choose NOT to see and respect

The good things that come to us

Choose NOT to admire the unique qualities

In people in our life and community.


True love respects and protects

Boundaries set by self and others

Reflecting God’s love for us

Which is the highest form of love.

Beverley Joy © 2013 of Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation

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