Sunday, February 20, 2011

On a dark night, 
Kindled in love with yearnings
--oh, happy chance!--
I went forth without being observed, 
My house being now at rest.  

In darkness and secure, 
By the secret ladder, disguised
--oh, happy chance!--
In darkness and in concealment, 
My house being now at rest. 

In the happy night, 
In secret, when none saw me,
Nor I beheld aught, 
Without light or guide, 
save that which burned in my heart. 

This light guided me 
More surely than the light of noonday
To the place where he 
(well I knew who!) was awaiting me
-- A place where none appeared. 

Oh, night that guided me, 
Oh, night more lovely than the dawn,
Oh, night that joined 
Beloved with lover, 
Lover transformed in the Beloved! 

Upon my flowery breast, 
Kept wholly for himself alone,
There he stayed sleeping, 
and I caressed him, 
And the fanning of the cedars made a breeze. 

The breeze blew from the turret 
As I parted his locks;
With his gentle hand 
He wounded my neck 
And caused all my senses to be suspended. 

I remained, lost in oblivion; 
My face I reclined on the Beloved.
All ceased and I abandoned myself, 
Leaving my cares 
forgotten among the lilies. 

How romantic is the poem above..-I did not write it but in fact
Am mesmerized by sounds almost like a love letter or a love song
Indeed it is the expression of love written by
St.John of the Cross and His lover is God.
You must be it possible to have this kind of relationship with God?
It seems surreal, absurd and even impossible.
But it has been written over and over again not only in the bible
But by his saints, his disciples, his followers that
They were longing for God and God continually pursue them.
I may not have reach that stage but I sure want that kind of love..
Have you ever thought that God (yes, God of heaven and earth, the one who creates you)
Would ever want to have a relationship and not just any relationship but one that is romantic,
Filled with burning love with you?
We read in Psalms or sing these words,
"My soul thirsts for you,
My body longs for you,
Your love is better than life,
My soul clings to you,
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
And that's true..
Most of us bury our hearts or chase after so many 'loves'
Be it money or sex or food or partners
Everytime we only get crushed and our hearts wounded all over again
Or worse we move on by burying the wounds
And live on without our hearts
Our heart is dead long before we reach our graves
Don't you want to feel loved and be loved and to be able to have someone by your side always?
Return to Him
Come to Him
And pursue Him
He's waiting for you
He loves you
Go to Him in your dark night
And He will not fail you.

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