Love Poems from God: Rabia of Basra
“…and He pinches me.”
That line never fails to make me laugh. “Pay attention, Kim!” I imagine God saying as he pinches me. His words and gentle nip startle me to awareness and I hastily look around, coming out of my daydream, wondering what’s expected of me.
The good news is that what is expected of me is just “the best I can.” Not perfection (not that I have it to give!), just love, just compassion. Just the best I can.
“Show me where it hurts, God said, and every cell in my body burst into tears before His tender eyes. He has repaid me though for all my suffering in a way I never wanted: The sun is now in homage to my face, because it knows I have seen God. But that was not His payment. The soul cannot describe His gift. I just spoke about the sun like that because I like beautiful words, and because it is true: Creation is in homage to us.” -Rabia of Basra