“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love for love waved a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near him.”  (Song of Solomon 2:4)

 I was driving north on the expressway recently, away from the noise and bustle of the city.  Away from the gangling phone, fax, you got mail, buzz of the microwave and micro chipped mobiles.  Away from everything that meant time frames and people pressures.  I could feel the ‘weights that so easily beset us’ falling away.   As the traffic thinned and the highway stretched out before me I knew whatever else happened today getting ‘away’ had been worth it.  Then as if God were playing His trump card the nose of my car slipped over the brink of the rise in the road and before me laid a glimpse of glory.  Wide open spaces with mountain ranges; each ridge rising to reveal its strength and beauty.  Their grandeur was out paced only by the next ridge, each one increasing in majesty until on the horizon there rose the most majestic, breathtaking panorama of awesome creative beauty, resplendently arrayed with the diamonds of dawn light shining on their peaks.

A moment, just a moment when one is overwhelmed, a tear trickles slowly down your face and your heart whispers…”What manner of love is this that we should be called the children of God”…how can the one that created such awesome majesty know and love me!   A simple question that brings a soft and simple reply…because I AM LOVE!

What manner of love is this?  Love that, “…never fails…”  (1 Corinthians 13:8) it, “…casts out all fear…” (1 John 4:18) it, “…covers a multitude of sins…” (1 Peter 4:8) it, “…fulfills the law…” (Romans 13:10) it, “…surpasses the love of a women…” (2 Samuel 1:26) it, “… is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:12) it, “…puts up with anything, …trusts God always…always looks for the best…never looks back, but keeps going to the end” (1 Corinthians 13:7 TM).  According to Paul we can never be separated from this great love.  (Romans 8:9)

Love is the knowledge you’re never alone, the lamp always lit, waiting at home.  A Love so wide so deep and so true – opened its arms and died for YOU!

Further Readings:  Song of Solomon 2; Romans 8