Power of Love

By: Antipas Harris
Thursday, June 24th, 2010

By God’s grace, this weekend (Sunday, June 27th) will be a momentous one for my fiancee and me. I am blessed to have met the girl of my dreams. We will unite as one!

In light of my current stage of life, I have given a lot of thought on a common yet powerful word—love. What is true romantic love?

Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116” explains that “love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove…it is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.” Shakespeare insists that true love is enduring. In I Corinthians 13:7-8, Paul teaches that “love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” Both Shakespeare and Paul move beyond the cozy feelings related to romantic affection. They seek to understand the pragmatic meaning of love regardless of the changing situations in life. Love stands firm amidst the exciting as well as the difficult seasons of life.

Shakespeare further states that “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.” The point here that love does not subject itself to temporal limitations. I shudder at the thought that there is no end to love. It is so exciting to turn the page of my life with the girl I love. It is a powerful thought that God created us such that two people could become one and then build a life with the expectation that their love is eternal –  until forever ends.

Nineteenth Century American Poet, Edgar Allan Poe recounts his own experience with love in his poem “Annabel Lee.” Possessed by love, Poe testifies to the power of his love for a childhood girl. The love was so strong that it remains true even in her death.  Poe exclaims, “And neither the angels in heaven above, nor the demons down under the sea, can ever dissever my soul from the soul of the beautiful Annabel Lee.”

Since high school, I have longed to be subsumed in that kind of love. I am grateful to God that the opportunity is here!

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Antipas Harris
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2 Responses to “Power of Love”

  1. Marc S says:

    Your post makes me want to buy flowers for my wife and cuddle up next to her and watch a chick flick of her choice! :) Congratulations, Dr. Harris…let love have its perfect work and let the party begin!

  2. Mike says:

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