Sonia Falaschi-Ray’s article in the October Diary September 23, 2016Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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Love looks on tempests and is never shaken
October is the height of the hurricane season in the United States, of which we mostly get just the tail-ends (1987 excepted). Humankind over the millennia has afforded the powers of nature divine influence. The Ancient Greek pantheon had Zeus hurling thunderbolts, Poseidon stirring up storms at sea and Aeolus, with his windbag. These controllers of the most powerful forces of physical nature were worshipped and bargained with.
The most powerful metaphysical force we can experience is the power of love. Christians believe that the divine nature is a trinity of persons in an interdependent loving relationship. They invite us to share that love and enfold each other into it. Not three Gods, but one, whose persons are often called the ‘Father’, who created the universe by speaking it into being through the ‘Word’, or ‘Son’, whom we know as Jesus, effected through the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s essence is love. As we allow ourselves to engage with him, through prayer, reading the Bible and marvelling at nature, we may find our lives enhanced, with a renewed sense of purpose and care for our fellow human beings.
William Shakespeare’s sonnet on love between two people describes how it is more valuable and durable than any physical phenomenon.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom:
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
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