loved Him the moment we met. He had always loved me.
We promised ourselves to one another for all eternity and daily sought new ways to
express our love. Our greatest joy was simply to be alone together, sharing our thoughts
and longings. Happily we looked forward to our wedding day.
I had reason to be excited! My Beloved is the most wonderful
Bridegroom any bride could imagine. He is kind and understanding
beyond comparison. With gentle wisdom, He listens to my every
word, shares all my concerns, and shares in all my activities.
His heart is pure and steadfast; nothing can distract Him from
doing what He knows is right.
My Bridegroom rules the richest, strongest, and most beautiful
Kingdom in existence. Therefore, He wields unlimited power to
protect me, provide for me, and make me truly happy. He is everything
I could ever want, for He is altogether perfect and lovely!
But as our engagement period stretched through the years with
no set wedding date, I began to lose my sense of joy and anticipation
of that great day. The wonder and delight of our love-relationship
faded, as did the intimacy of our fellowship.
Grieved, my Bridegroom reminded me, "I have loved you
with an everlasting love, therefore I will always be faithful
to you. Will you not be faithful to me?"
Gently, but with
sadness in His voice, He continued. "I miss you. You are
so busy these days -- so occupied with all the good work of our
Kingdom. But you don't have much time for me any more. Have you
lost your first love?"
"Oh, no," I cried. "I love you far more than
all these other things. I am so sorry I lost sight of our goal.
I became distracted and forgot what is most important. Please
forgive me. Only you, my Beloved, are my strength, my hope, my
joy, and my love forever."
Now we continue to walk together -- building our love relationship,
as well as the Kingdom that we will share for all eternity. My
Beloved is always here, encouraging, helping and loving me. How
precious He is! Together we delight in our intimate fellowship
and look forward to that wonderful day when we will meet face
to face and our union will be complete. What a day that will
Beloved Bridegroom, guard over my heart.
Let nothing distract me from the joy of your presence.
Please continue to show me the glory of our covenant relationship and the wonders of
sharing every moment with You. And let every human relationship be richer and deeper --
an unending expression of your faithful and enduring love -- because You live in me.
Thank you, precious Lord.
See also: Psalm 16:11, 27:4, 73:26-27; Isaiah 62:5; Matthew 9:5, 25:31-34;
Mark 12:30; Luke 10:41; 1 Corinthians 7:35; 2 Corinthians 11:2-3;
Revelation 2:1-5, 19:7-8, 22:17, 20.