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Immerse: Poets - Week 5

Last week on Facebook and Instagram I posed this question, “What is the world’s best love song?” Some of the replies I received were “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks, “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers, and “Moon River” by Andy Williams. Although these songs are very iconic and are great love songs, personally I do not think they can compare to the best love song of all time, “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. Dolly Parton’s version is great, but I think Whitney Houston took it up a notch. The song starts off phenomenally with just her voice and then the chorus hits hard and her vocal range really comes into play. And to top it off, this song was used in the iconic “date” movie, The Bodyguard, which starred Whitney Houston herself.

Love notes and love songs have been used for a very, very long time. Generally, they are used during weddings, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Several years ago for Christmas, my wife, Julie, wrote me around 15 love notes. Each one was in an envelope labeled, “If you feel…lonely, discouraged, etc.” She wrote each of these letters to me because she loved me and wanted to make me feel happy. She was, and still is, a wife who loves her husband and wanted to express that love through words.

This week’s reading was nothing but a love letter between husband and wife. We’re not really sure if Solomon was the author of Song of Songs, but we think he was because of how things were worded. As a middle school boy reading this, I laughed quite a bit because of how they wrote to one another and how they described each other. I made the mistake of listening to this week’s series in the car with my twin 4th grade daughters. Oops. Every so often I would hear a chuckle from Corinna and I would see sheer horror in Annabelle’s face as they listened. So as an adult I was laughing, not at what was said, but at the reactions of my two, immature daughters who do not understand the depth of this kind of love.

As someone who has been married for almost 12 years, I can hear the love these authors have for one another. It got me thinking, do I love my wife as much as these two loved each other? Do I tell her and show her everyday just how much I love her? The same can be said asked of you: do you love your spouse the way you should? Do you tell him/her and show him/her everyday just how much you love them? If not, what is keeping you from making this a priority in your relationship?

As old school as it may be, write a love letter to your spouse. Maybe try and stay away from some of the analogies the authors used, but every day through words and actions, love your spouse out loud.