DH Lawrence on Marriage, Nature, Obedience, and Love. Friday after Ash Wednesday

Man and woman are like the earth, that brings forth flowers
in summer, and love, but underneath is rock.

Older than flowers, older than ferns, older than foraminiferae,
older than plasm altogether is the soul underneath.
And when, throughout all the wild chaos of love
slowly a gem forms, in the ancient, once-more-molten rocks
of two human hearts, two ancient rocks,
a man’s heart and a woman’s,
that is the crystal of peace, the slow hard jewel of trust,
the sapphire of fidelity.
The gem of mutual peace emerging from the wild chaos of love.

Fidelity, DH Lawrence

Matthew 9:14-15 has Jesus describe himself as the bridegroom, coming to meet His bride. Having been the bride, it’s an image I love, and one I’m constantly drawing more from. With both Sam and Christ, I pray our relationship grows to become “the crystal of peace, the slow hard jewel of trust,/the sapphire of fidelity./The gem of mutual peace emerging from the wild chaos of love.”  Amen.

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