“I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No… not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that… overthrows life. Unbiddable, ungovernable – like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.”
-Marc Norman, Shakespeare in Love: A Screenplay
My mom would be one of the first people to tell you that I am a romantic. Sometimes, she listens to my stories and says (and you can practically hear her rolling her eyes by the tone of her voice), “Loren! You are so in love with love.” Yeah…I might have a bit of a complex… but loving and being loved makes life so much better. Sometimes my love is misplaced, but at the best moments – it is aligned with acknowledging the best lover of all.
Our culture and entertainment industry, in modern day America, definitely circulate around and profit off of proclamations of love…songs, movies; even political rallies use love as a word they fight their battles with. If people are going to proclaim their love for everything else, then I want to share about a special love in my own life – but it is not mine alone. It is a love that is available for all who long for a deeply fulfilling love.
No matter what your story…whether you feel so much love that your heart feels like it is bursting…or your heart has been abused and mistreated, I hope that you can read this message for yourself and know that YOU are loved by the one who matters the most and loves the best.
A letter from my heart, to Jesus:
“You are the answer to all of the things I have ever wanted. You are loving: you loved me before I was ever born and crafted my whole body – every atom, with your own hands. No matter what I was going to do – you already loved me. You loved me before I could think my own thoughts, speak any words, or even take my first steps. You loved me before my parents even thought of me. And even now, despite the things I have done, you love me just as much. Your tenderness and loving mercy touch my soul, more than anything in this world could. The people you have put in my life have blessed me in so many ways – and you have shown me love in so many ways, through them. I can see, more and more with passing time, why you love your people so much – even when we are not perfect and sin. There is something about the human spirit and the dynamics of relationships between one person to the next…the way a person can feel a connection with someone they barely know…looking past the quirks, the oddities, or even the enraging moments of someone who might be a complete polar opposite to themselves…Those crazy dynamics! Your love is amazing and you modeled and continue to model a Love that cannot be competed with. You love despite it all. No matter what. Thank you, Jesus – most beautiful Lover of My Soul. No one will ever love me like you do and I am completely fine with that. You know me like no other and you love me like no other and that is my whole heart and soul’s deepest desire. Thank you for giving me the best gift I could ever receive. I love you, Jesus.”