Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Love is...

We were made for God. Only by being in some respect like Him, only by being a manifestation of His beauty, loving-kindness, wisdom or goodness, has any earthly Beloved excited our love. It is not that we have loved them too much, but that we did not quite understand what we were loving. It is not that we shall be asked to turn from them, so dearly familiar, to a Stranger. When we see that face of God we shall know that we have always known it. He has been a party to, has made, sustained and moved moment by moment within, all our earthly experiences of innocent love. All that was true love in them was, even on earth, far more His than ours, and ours only because His. In Heaven there will be no anguish and no turning away from our earthly Beloved. First, because we shall have turned already; from the portraits to the Original, from the rivulets to the Fountain, from the creatures He made lovable to Love Himself. But secondly, because we shall find them all in Him. By loving Him more than them we shall love them more than we now do.

C. S. Lewis in The Four Loves

Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
Song of Songs 8:6-7

2 comments:

cherf said...

happy valentines, peish! :)

TaLieSin said...

Ah, wonderful - but you missed the lines that come right after in the Song of Songs, which I think are a good reminder in our day and age:

'If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
He would be utterly despised.'

Yes, that's it exactly - love isn't something that can be bought, whether by money or goods or even (unfortunately) "trying hard". It has to be given freely and accepted in the same vein. So one can never say "I deserve to be loved" - rather, as Dostoyevsky puts it in 'The Brothers Karamazov', the great question of love that causes us to wonder and love in return is "Am I, the sinner that I am, really worth it?" =)