Love Divine

Easter Sunday…and the amalgamation of this Lenten journey.  Truth, Beauty, Goodness…interwoven, ever flowing, ever giving, ever growing.  Love Divine.  Henry Thoreau’s image of the two oaks, crowns reaching to the heavens, roots firmly on the ground, “inseparably”.  I cannot think of a more beautiful way to express human love and divine love becoming One.  Vulnerable in our humanity, powerful in our divinity, the suffering Christ, the risen Christ.  enJOY we celebrate and reach out to each other, to One and all.   ❤ 

FRIENDSHIP

I think awhile of Love, and while I think,

Love is to me a world,

Sole meat and sweetest drink,
And close connecting link
Tween heaven and earth.

 

I only know it is, not how or why,
My greatest happiness;
However hard I try,
Not if I were to die,
Can I explain.

 

I fain would ask my friend how it can be,
But when the time arrives,
Then Love is more lovely
Than anything to me,
And so I’m dumb.

 

For if the truth were known,

Love cannot speak,
But only thinks and does;
Though surely out ’twill leak
Without the help of Greek,
Or any tongue.

 

A man may love the truth and practise it,
Beauty he may admire,
And goodness not omit,
As much as may befit
To reverence.

 

But only when these three together meet,
As they always incline,
And make one soul the seat,
And favorite retreat,
Of loveliness;

 

When under kindred shape, like loves and hates
And a kindred nature,
Proclaim us to be mates,
Exposed to equal fates
Eternally;

 

And each may other help, and service do,
Drawing Love’s bands more tight,
Service he ne’er shall rue
While one and one make two,
And two are one;

 

In such case only doth man fully prove
Fully as man can do,
What power there is in Love
His inmost soul to move
Resistlessly.

 

Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side,
Withstand the winter’s storm,
And spite of wind and tide,
Grow up the meadow’s pride,
For both are strong

 

Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined
Insep’rably.

 

Henry David Thoreau

7 comments

  • Hi Christina. I am Eric. You visited my blog. I wonder… did you use a table and paste the content into the wordpress editor when you styled this post page?

    • Hello Eric. Yes I love your blog and postings. Thank you for your visit too. I’m at experimental stage visually at present, trying to make things fit the page. Any helpful suggestions would be very welcome 🙂

      • TY Christina… I was wondering… it appears to be that you pasted a table. WordPress pages are very difficult to style. I have NVU (n view). I had been using FrontPage but with wordpress, I all but gave up – the editor won’t really support non-breaking spaces except if the paragraph is undisturbed… tables shrink even though the cells or rows were defined with fixed width or height… its been mostly wordpress editor having its way with me. I
        So, I stick mostly with using a white dot to keep blank line spacing since my page is white. I use the picture tools to place the pictures either left /right /center and I use center or full justified text lines for most of my paragraphs now… I went to keeping pages really simple.

      • TY Christina… I was wondering… it appears to be that you pasted a table. WordPress pages are very difficult to style. I have NVU (n view). I had been using FrontPage but with wordpress, I all but gave up – the editor won’t really support non-breaking spaces except if the paragraph is undisturbed… tables shrink even though the cells or rows were defined with fixed width or height… its been mostly wordpress editor having its way with me. I
        So, I stick mostly with using a white dot to keep blank line spacing since my page is white. I use the picture tools to place the pictures either left /right /center and I use center or full justified text lines for most of my paragraphs now… I went to keeping pages really simple.

      • Thank you for your very valuable advice Eric. If I manage to find a solution you will be the first one to know! Wishing you a wonderful weekend. I am really looking forward to this one, as some many great things happening. Joseph Campbell Foundation meeting tonight. We are just starting to read ‘Leaving My Father’s House’. Last year we spent the whole year enjoying Robert Bly’s Iron John. Sheer joy. Tomorrow and Sunday I have a Creativity and Imagination workshop, run by an Aussie who is a massive Joseph Campbell fan too. Are you familiar with Campbell’s work? I believe he is becoming increasingly popular. Thank you again and very best wishes to you. Christina

      • Well, I am able to make my page look acceptable… if you need any ideas, glad to help if I can.

        re: Joseph Campbell – its been more than 15 years… I did have some interest…haven’t followed anything recently though.I really am not sure what I read either – Hero’s Journey – maybe?

        I do have a follow on the Joseph Campbell Foundation at Face Book since it was presented probably.

        Maybe you’ll post about the book and I’ll see it.

        I’m always happy to learn more.

        ~ Eric

  • Hi Eric, thank-you for your message. The book, Leaving My Father’s House, is by Marion Woodman, a great mediator of Jung’s work. Somehow taking a book and immersing myself in it for an extended period of time within a small group is very powerful. This leads me back to Joseph Campbell. Yes the Hero’s Journey is what it is all about. The book of Campbell’s that I recommend is The Power of Myth. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Christina

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