Celebrating my Beloved on our 47th Anniversary
My beloved is radiant and respected, distinguished among myriads. His head overflows with the wisdom of the ancients. His eyes shine as the sun’s rays over Jerusalem at dawn. His cheeks are like jasmine tea leaves and mounds of fragrant herbs found at Siem Reap. His lips are sweet, dripping honey and cinnamon from Vietnam. His arms are muscular and strong, ready to protect in the jungles of Cambodia. His body is lean and masculine, rising in Ha Long Bay, majestic and peaceful. My beloved’s legs are columns of marble found in the Taroko Gorge, tried and strong. His appearance is like the Dolomite Mountains, bold and magnificent. His mouth speaks words of kindness, and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved, and this is my friend.
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.
Adapted from Song of Songs 5:10-16
How lovely you are, my beloved,
And so delightful! Song of Songs 1:6
My beloved, you continue to surprise and delight me, even after 46 years!
Every moment with you is an adventure in joy and love. I could not have imagined the height, depth, breadth, or intensity of your love for me. You were created for me,
and I was created for you. What love the Father has for us!
He gave you to me wrapped in love to lead me on life’s journey.
I cherish you!
Love is patient and kind; … Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. … So now, faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13
Throughout these 44 years, you have been patient and kind. You have born my sickness and pain, believing that God was in control, hoping for healing. Your love endured, and others watched in awe.
You have been a living testimony that:
Many waters cannot quench love,
Neither can floods drown it. Song of Songs 8:7
I am yours, and you are mine, my Beloved.
You are my love.
Thank you, Father, for the gift of marriage. How we love each other … How we love YOU! He is my beloved, Father, just as the church is Jesus’ beloved. Thank you for this wonderful shadow of the depth and intimacy of Your love for Your people. I look forward to the deepening of this love in the years to come.