Blog 2082 – 06.07.2021
The famous Austrian poet, Rene Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke, better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, in his book Letters To A Young Poet, wrote that the young poet should write about anything that comes to mind, but that he should avoid writing on the subject of love. Though I agree with several of Rilke critics that his writing truly is “mystical”, I cannot agree with his advice to the young poet about not writing about the greatest subject of all when there is so much misinformation out there already regarding love.
The Apostle Paul, when a young man himself, was quite confused as to what true love was. Believing that he was loving His God and upholding his faith he persecuted the new sect of Jewish believers call Christians even to holding of the coats of those who stoned the Christian martyr Stephen to death. But that event and an encounter on the road to Damascus changed Paul’s thinking on the subject of love. At the conclusion of First Corinthians Chapter 12, Paul writes, “Covet (desire) the best spiritual gifts and yet I show you a more excellent way.” Then in First Corinthians Chapter 13 he writes the famous “Love Chapter” that concludes, “Now abide Faith, Hope, and Love and the greatest of these is Love.”
And that love is not about control but Paul defines it thus:
That love is the love that the writer was speaking of when he wrote, “God is love.” And that, my friends, is Who and Whose we truly are. We are loved, we are lovable, we are altogether lovely and loving, for we are love.
Your friend, fellow traveler, and fan of love poetry,