The Mystery of Love

For Leslie50

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
-Ephesians 5:31-32

three things are a mystery to me
four things, indeed
the way of the snake on the rock
the ship on the sea
the eagle that glides on the wind
and the man with the lady
two imperfect hearts
perfectly bound as one
two intrepid souls combined
a fierce bond not easily broken
forever entwined
in the mystery called love

oh, how she drives me crazy
how she moves, she glides in my arms
she twists and she twirls
and sways unsteady in my embrace
this delicate pleasure
this inestimable treasure
how she delights me with soft touch
tender grasping, intimacy aroused
souls laid bare, wide open
she is joy and tantalizing delight
Oh, my sweet, I chase hard after you
in this mystery of love

you are exalted above all maidens of the earth
with fondness, you have my admiration
you are the fairest of them all
Snow White, Cinderella
we dance like a ship on the sea
my heart flies like the eagle
a lump in my throat
as I, mere man, behold the beauty
your tanned body
I am weak in my knees
as I am in awe of who you are
inside and out
it will take a lifetime to mine your treasures
study your complexities
ponder your mystery
captured and enraptured by your love
the beauty of the bride
I am lost for words
in this mystery of love

we are a word picture on display
revealing Christ and His church
I love you as my own body
washing you in the water of His word
your form is so lovely
your spirit lovelier still
I delight in your purity
lean on the strength of your character
you are steady like a rock
you flow softly like a stream
you are pure as the dove from heaven
and I find such sweet comfort
in your embrace
I find my home, in this mystery of love

Water Wednesday – Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor

The drive up to Copper Harbor, Michigan, pictured above, is my favorite scenic drive. The highway (M-26) winds and dips its way to the northernmost point in Michigan as it hugs the Lake Superior shoreline. In fact, U.S. Highway 41, which goes all the way to Miami, Florida, ends in Copper Harbor. The tree-lined road to Copper Harbor opens up to views of Lake Superior, with red freighters floating on its horizon and white-capped waves rolling onto its shore. The deep blue of the largest freshwater lake in the world (by area) has always calmed and soothed my soul.

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I’m from a small town in Michigan of about 2,500 people, but Copper Harbor’s population is only 80 according to this link. As much as I love Copper Harbor and the drive to it, more important is people for whom Jesus died. Perhaps I could live in Copper Harbor year around, but God has called us to go where people are.

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Water is wonderful and scenic drives are beautiful, but only people have eternal souls. As much as we love creation, we cannot make it our idol. People are more difficult than trees, but it is people for whom Jesus died and it is people God has called us to love.

John 4:42-44 says,

“Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them; but He said to them, ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.’ And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.”

Copper Harbor

my heart is here
in the woods, by the rivers, near the waterfalls
sitting by a lake
listening to the waves as they lap onto the shore
I love these northwoods
where the raspberries grow wild
my heart is here in Copper Harbor
but inside I can feel the Spirit calling
the upward cry of destiny
knowing this is all great and good
but the trees do not have souls
only people do
would I be willing to give my all for the least of them?
whether it be for a small town in Michigan
a village in Africa
or a child in Central America
would I be willing to pay the ultimate price
give my all, lay down my life?
so the world would know Jesus
I preach the gospel, not just with words
but in the way I live my life
can I be consumed with passion
filled and always moved with compassion
driven to give this love away
can my soul be filled with this longing
stirred with this holy calling
to give my life away

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His Banner Over Me is Love

“He has brought me to his banquet hall,
And his banner over me is love.”
Song of Solomon 2:4 (NASB)

I can hear the sound of the dinner bell
His banner over me is love
He has brought me to His banqueting table
His banner over me is love
I can feel the touch of the evening breeze
His banner over me is love

The table cloth is laid and the dinnerware is set

His banner over me is love
I can see the rush of the waterfall
His banner over me is love
The tender mist kisses my skin
His banner over me is love
The heat of the sun gives way to evening
His banner over me is love
The verdant hills are covered in soft amber glow
His banner over me is love
Tears of heartache give way to laughter
His banner over me is love
The night has passed, the day’s work is done
His banner over me is love
The porch swing welcomes as the sun is setting
His banner over me is love
But first we dine at the banqueting table
His banner over me is love
A feast for me, a crown on my head
His banner over me is love
We eat and drink to delight and content
His banner over me is love
“The time of singing has come
And the sound of love can be heard in the land”
His banner over me is love
He has brought me to His chambers
His banner over me is love
He tickles me with delight
His banner over me is love
His love was true in the darkness
His faithfulness was sure in the test
His eye was always on me
He brought me to a place of rest
Now I hear the sound of healing song
And I see the wide, rushing river
Now I know He’s been faithful all along
His banner over me is love
I can hear the sound of the dinner bell
As it sounds out both far and wide
I can hear the call to come and dine
His banner over me is love
He has prepared a table for me
His banner over me is love
I’ve got a reserved for fine dining at the Master’s table
His banner over me is love
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
His banner over me is love
My heart is full and my soul at peace
His banner over me is love
My dreams He has kept with watchful care
His banner over me is love
Now my heart’s desire has found release
His banner over me is love
But first we dine and first we feast
Because His banner over me is love