Build a scaffolding of love,
each beam, each joint,
each step to climb on, made
of love directed God’s way,
reaching to your neighbour,
touching you, yourself.
And on that scaffold you will hang
securely all the teaching,
the laws and rules and wisdom
from our forbears and our God
that will lead you into life.
And if they fall away no longer
useful, the teachings and the rules
for living wisely, the scaffold still
remains to hold new precepts and new
guidelines for your living well,
if you begin with love.