Love Letters, person to person

I have a fiance who writes me poems every week or so, lavishes me with words of affirmation (my primary love language), and communicates with courage and intentionality. I love love notes. For example, I found the following from a website and this simple note is wrought with power and passion.

 

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Sarah,
I think back to our wedding day; most of it is blurry and surreal, but I do remember one thing with utter clarity. I remember hearing you say “I do.” I can see your lips pronounce the words, I can hear your voice settling in my ear, and I can definitely remember the surge of emotion that flooded me (which I handled in an extremely manly fashion).
No two words have ever meant so much to me.
Yours,
– Josh
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More stirring romance and thoughtfulness HERE.

 

The Spiritual Canticle by Saint John of the Cross

The Spiritual Canticle

by Saint John of the Cross

Our bed is of flowers 
By dens of lions encompassed, 
Hung with purple
Made in peace, 
And crowned with a thousand shields of gold.
In Your footsteps 
The young ones run Your way; 
At the touch of the fire 
And by the spiced wine
The divine balsam flows.
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It’s ALL about a wedding!

I adore this song. The image of the Church as the Bride of Jesus is perfect. This love that engulfs us, this promise that woos us, this passion that consumes us, it is Incarnate Love. This is God. God IS Love.

 

hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get free! God loves YOU infinitely more than you could ever comprehend. Get whacked-smacked-drunk on HIS Love! It’s the best intoxication there is! AND it is always accessible and with no harmful side effects. haha. HE LOVES US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are fully accepted and fully loved. Getting the power of our identity set straight changes everything! It doesn’t matter your job, your income, your social status, your appearance, or whatever. YOU are a treasure. You get to be YOU! Be you! Please BE YOU! haha!!!!!!!! Get happy!

 

YOU ARE INFINITELY, UNCONDITIONALLY LOVED BY THE ONE WHO NEVER LEAVES YOU.

It is time to GET HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

the most gorgeous man alive

Jesus is the most romantic, most beautiful person I’ve ever known.

And He’s alive. And He loves YOU incomprehensibly and completely.

THERE’S GONNA BE A WEDDING!

One day, at the end of time as we know it, Jesus is going to marry His bride, the Church.

Meanwhile, we all get to fall madly, absurdly, entirely, blissfully in love with Him daily.

hahahaha! HE LOVES YOU! HE LOVES WHO YOU ARE! HE DELIGHTS IN YOU! HE CELEBRATES YOU! HE ACCEPTS YOU!

YOU ARE ALTOGETHER LOVELY.  You’re gonna shine!

 

my and Jesus’ internal playlist

Jesus is the ultimate romancer. I often wish I had an “explode” switch so I could fully erupt the ecstasy of His love which stirs, roars, and renews my insides constantly.

Sometimes I stare at one leaf, shifting from summer’s green to autumn’s yellow and I feel weak in the knees – so beautiful is God. Sometimes I wake up laughing: He’s present. He is always present: in His glory, robed in thunder, bedazzled in wisdom, oozing LOVE. In all things, at all times, I can not be separated from the One who loves me most, knows me most, and supports me most. WOW.

I can not fathom a more beautiful lover or friend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiSpsnwZJaM

To top that all off, here’s my friends’ Jess and Samuel’s wedding highlights. They truly have a romance the likes of which the world has never seen. Think about the passion of Jesus and His Bride as you watch it. Enjoy Samuel’s sister’s song “Lovesick” and Samuel’s original song for Jess.

There is a reason all of history culminates in a wedding. The wedding supper of Jesus and His Bride. It’s going to be glorious. I would say “I can’t wait”, but actually I can – simply because there are a whole bunch of nations I intend to bring with me and they haven’t met Jesus yet. It’s going to the biggest wedding ever. Instead of rice or bubbles or flower petals, we’ll throw our “holy” and our crowns at His feet. hahahahahahahaha! Eeeeeeee!

If you want more worship music, free downloads here: http://www.box.net/shared/q5r7kfgujx

“Free Hugs” campaign

I love hugs. I had a flatmate in seminary who often said, “Seven meaningful touches” while hugging me or poking me or grabbing my arm etc. She’d read somewhere each person needs “seven meaningful touches” everyday; and she aimed to live it out by making a point to love her friends through physical touch. It was a great encouragement and kept my love tank on full. On that note, I took the following photograph in Jerusalem, Israel in 2007. It’s two shapes hugging. I thought it was a hilarious representation of the possibility for peace in the Middle East. haha.

And then there’s the charmingly sweet “Free Hugs” campaign. It’s all a great reminder we are designed to give and receive physical affection. Lots of times this gets unnecessarily sexualized in a way that leads people to only get physical affection from someone he/she is romantically involved with. This isn’t the way it should be. We should love and hug and touch normally, in fact, it brings balance and creates a broader plain for purity and friendship to live in. We were created to LOVE and LOVE well! SO viva hugs! Long live hugs!

Last year I saw an elderly woman in the grocery store and I felt God nudge me to hug her. I was reluctant. Moments later when my courage stood up, I went in search of her. Finding her on an aisle nearby I told her I noticed her sweetness and I felt God loved her so very very very much. “Could I give you a hug?” I asked. “Yes!” she said, opening her arms. And we hugged. She was touched (pun intended) and I went away giddy and singing songs to Jesus. I LOVE LOVE!!!!!

Be inspired, go hug someone. : )