Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This Is What Our Relationship Is About

With the world so ripe for help, this is what our relationship is about at times - increasing our power, so we can feed the various longings a refined heart can know. 

"How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. " - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

            Victor Hugo believed the world could be transformed by love. The idea that a kiss is a silent message between lovers, oblivious to their surroundings or their nakedness, is actually something outlined in the bible. I did not know this until my friend told me that it is quite beautiful to think of Adam and Eve's relationship before The Fall. They were in a paradise (Eden), designed just for them, and they were alone in their nakedness, yet so comfortable. She told me it is this nakedness - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual - that we should aim for with a life partner. Without sin in the picture, you can unite with someone fully without the burden of flesh (the part of us irredeemably human). How many achieve that level of bareness, even with a soulmate?

My Soul Companion (2012), Mary Chapin Carpenter

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