I scarce believe my love to be so pure As I had thought it was…
John Donne is one of my favorite poets. His writing is so deep and rich and real.
His poem Loves Growth is one of my all-time favorites.
It’s a poem about how his love, at the beginning, wasn’t as totally pure as he thought. Perhaps that’s true of many of us in one way or another. How much of my love includes selfish motives? How pure is my love of my wife and my friends and my God?
Methinks I lyed all winter, when I swore my love was infinite, if spring make’d it more
When we first fall in love, we think we couldn’t be any more in love. We think it’s infinite. Perfect. But that’s not quite true. The truth is, it grows.
Donne compares Love to the seasons, saying it has it’s hard Winter times, and it’s happy Spring times. Love isn’t all elation and joy. Even love has it’s winter times.
Real authentic Love is a complex thing that should grow and turn into something even more beautiful and grand than it was at the start. Even in the winter times, the love is real, because really it’s about the other person more than yourself.
The Christian life is the same. We come to God broken, full of hurt and covered with scars. We love God the best we can. And our relationship to God has winter times too. But the longer we stay in the faith, the more we grow and heal, the more our love becomes more selfless and beautiful and grand. And the longer we stay, the more we realize that God’s love is more beautiful than anything we can imagine.
And we know that God’s love for us will always be there. Always remain, no matter the Winter we face, for surely no Winter shall abate the Spring’s increase… Photo © Gabe Lawson
For the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Love’s Growth – John Donne