Friday, March 14, 2008

Forever the bride of the King

I want to sleep, but I can't.. I need to write.

Tonight I was reading Song of Songs, a book that never really connected to my heart before. Tonight was different; I could hear the words spoken to me, I could see the garden in all its attractiveness and I captured the love in my core.

I started to write down what I discovered and something so precious revealed itself to me.

Chapter 1. The King falls in love with the vineyard keeper
‘Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.

Chapter 2. He asks her to marry Him
‘My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away!’
‘Come my shy and modest dove – leave your seclusion, come out in the open. Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. For your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.’

Chapter 3. The wedding
‘My King-Lover, dressed and garlanded for his wedding, his heart full, bursting with joy!’

Chapter 4. The honeymoon
‘You’ve captured my heart, dear friend. You looked at me, and I fell in love. One look my way and I was hopelessly in love! How beautiful your love, dear, dear friend – far more pleasing than a fine, rare wine, your fragrance more exotic than selected spices. The kisses of your lips are honey, my love, every syllable you speak a delicacy to savor.’

Chapter 5. Marriage is consummated
‘I went to the garden, dear friend, best lover! Breathed the sweet fragrance. I ate the fruits and honey, I drank the nectar and wine’ (he).
‘His legs are pillars if marble set on bases of pure gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as its cedars. His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, this is my friend’ (she).

Chapter 6. Purification in the garden
‘My lover is already on his way to his garden, to browse among the flowers, touching the colors and forms. I am my lover’s and my lover is mine’.

Chapter 7. Matured
‘I am my lover’s. I’m all the world to him!’ ‘And there I’ll give myself to you, my love to your love.’
‘Love-apples drench us with fragrance, fertility surrounds, suffuses us. Fruits fresh and preserved that I’ve kept and saved just for you, my love.’

Chapter 8. Eternal love
‘Love is invincible facing danger and death. Passion laughs at the terrors of hell. The fire of love stops for nothing – it sweeps everything before it’ (she).
‘But my vineyard is all mine, and I’m keeping it to myself'(he).

I love how the girl becomes more matured in her love. In the 5th chapter she says: 'This is my beloved', in the next chapter she goes on: 'I am my lover’s and my lover is mine' and in chapter 7 she is so secure in his love that she can say: 'I am my lover’s. I’m all the world to him!'.

That is the place I wanna be in, so secure in His love that I can say: 'I am my lover's. I'm all the world to Him!'

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