"I will now allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her." --Hosea 2:14

Monday, June 20, 2011

God Is A Strange Lover...

"God is the strangest of all lovers;
His ways are fast explaining.
He sets his heart on a soul; He says to Himself,
"Here I will rest My love."
But He does not woo her with flowers or jewels
Or words that are set to music,
No names endearing, no kindled praise
His heart's direction prove
His jealousy is an infinite thing;  He stalks
the soul with sorrow.
He tramples the bloom, He blots the sun
That could make her vision dim,
He robs and breaks and destroys...there is nothing
At last but her own shame, her own affliction.
And then He comes and there is nothing in the
Vast world but Him and her love of Him.
Not till the great rebellions die and her will
Is safe in His hands forever
Does He open the door of light and
His tendernesses fall,
And then for what is seen in the soul's virgin places,
for what is heard in the heart there
Is no speech at all.
God is a strange lover; the story of His love
Is most surprising.
There is no proud queen in her cloth of gold;
Over and over again
There is only, deep in the soul, a poor
Disheveled woman weeping...
For us who have need of a picture and words:
The Magdalen."

By Jessica Powers, Carmelite Nun
(Painting by Ambrosius Benson)


The Little Way said...

So beautiful, thanks for sharing

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

Absolutely beautiful!
Yes..this is how He woos us.
Strange and compelling are His ways!
Thank you for joining LACE today, Lindy.
It's so nice to 'meet' you and have you share this special post!
Your blog is very lovely - a feast of beauty in word and images!

Barb said...

I have never thought of God's love in the way this poem describes.I find the pictures the poem paints a little unsettling. You have given me a lot to think about.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Lindy said...

I'm sorry that the poem was uncomfortable for you! That makes me feel bad. Isn't it interesting how, for one person, they find it lovely and comfortable and to another, uncomfortable!! I loved it when I read it, so couldn't wait to share it! I'm so sorry that it didn't give you the same feeling! But, like you said...it gave you something to think about!! Do you still have the same opinion now?? I hope you'll still visit my blog! Have a beautiful weekend!


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