Love poems

February 13, 2008

Valentine’s Day is near.  For a seminary graduation gift a couple years ago a friend bought me a book called Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West.  The poets include St. Francis, St. Teresa, Rumi, Hafiz, and Meister Eckhart.  I’m amazed at how deeply these mystics fell in love with the world and God – sometimes to the point of being smitten with even the smallest details of creation.  Here are a couple “love poems” in the book from the 14th century Persian poet Hafiz:


If God

Invited you to a party and said,

“Everyone in the ballroom tonight will

Be my special guest.”

How then would you treat them when you arrived?

Indeed, indeed!

And I know that there is no one in

This world who is not standing upon

God’s jeweled dance floor.


Our union is like this:

You feel cold so I reach for a blanket to cover our shivering feet.

A hunger comes into your body so I run to my garden and start digging potatoes.

You asked for a few words of comfort and guidance and I quickly kneel by your side offering you a whole book as a gift.

You ache with loneliness one night so much you weep, and I say Here is a rope, tie it around me, I will be your companion for life.


— For the last while we have journeyed together with the Hess/Schumacher family through Jared’s diagnosis, sickness, and death.  This Saturday we will remember and celebrate the life he was given.  Jared loved music and there will be much of it, including the CMF choir.  The service begins at 10:30am and will be held at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church (click here for map).


One Response to “Love poems”

  1. faith786 Says:

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

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