Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Will Never Unlove You

The Presence of Love

In life's noisiest hour,
there whispers still a ceaseless love of thee.
You are my heart's solace and soliloquy.
You mold my hopes.
You fashion me within,
and to the leading love-throb of my heart,
through all my being and through my pulse's beat,
you lie in all my many thoughts like light.

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This is one of the more splendid love poems and a personal favorite. There is a second verse that clearly demonstrates that Coleridge is speaking of the earthly love of his life and when I take the poem as a whole it is John's face I see...but... the first verse for me also belongs to my Lord and could easily keep company with the Song of Songs.

"In life's noisiest hour there whispers still a ceaseless love of Thee...You lie in all my many thoughts like Light..."

Some time ago I read a book called A Whisper in Winter by Shannon Woodward. In the introduction the author speaks of the jumble of a day centered around a struggle getting her very strong willed 4 yr old son to mind while trying to carve out a quiet, inspirational time to write the book.

She says she was full of all the wrong thoughts and dry as dust when her son, whom she had put to bed for the umpteenth time, sheepishly shuffled into her room to ask if there was ever a time when she would "unlove him."

She responded by scooping him up into her arms and pronouncing "Never!" He asked, "What if I had 10 bad days? Would you unlove me if I had 10?"

"Not 10 hundred! I will never unlove you!" And then the whisper came to her, "And I will never unlove you..."

I believe that in all of life's noisiest hours there are whispers of that ceaseless love. That is a verse I could have written to God but He said it first. "I will never unlove you."

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3

You lie in all my many thoughts like Light. Warm, radiant, illuminating, He is there at mind's edge on the busy, crazy, heartless days to flare up to full flame as all the rest is pushed aside or just to quietly be there when it isn't. I think that we also lay in all His many thoughts. I know so because the scripture proves it.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace (wholeness, well being, health, blessing) and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

If we still our hearts sometime today and listen we may hear such a whisper, "I will never unlove you." Having heard, whisper back, "Father, I will never unlove you"

My heart knows that you mold my hopes and fashion me within and I will never unlove you.


1 comment:

  1. I so love that - "I will never unlove you" - I am so glad that God does not unlove me - and filled me with that kind of love to give to others! Simply Love-ly!