Monday, February 12, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Want some unusual, steamy verse for your homemade Valentine card? I can tell you where to look: The Bible. I'm serious. Go read the Song of Songs. Here is a sample:

I belong to my lover
and for me he yearns.
Come, my lover, let us go forth to the fields
and spend the night among the villages.
Let us go early to the vineyards, and see if the vines are in bloom,
If the buds have opened,
if the pomegranates have blossomed;
There will I give you my love.

How about:

O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you, let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.
I note that my Bible does have a preface to the book explaining that this poetic form portrays the love of the Lord and his people, using courtship and marriage customs of the time the text was written. "It is a parable in which the true meaning of mutual love comes from the poem as a whole." It is also possible to see it as "an inspired portrayal of ideal human love...and a descriptions of the sacredness and depth of a married union."
So get out your Bilble and brush up on your Songs, and have a lovely Valentine's Day.

1 comment:

Becky said...

A hearty amen! Rebecca's second cd is entitled "Blow On My Garden", and the title trac on that cd is from The Song of Solomon.

May the Lord breathe His breath (blow) upon the garden of our lives, marraiges, families and homes this Valentine's Day, and in the coming months of this year!

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