Our insecure hearts seek signs of belonging.
Our minds ache for reassurance.
Our bodies seek to express love to others.
And when I am held in my beloved’s embrace, the inner turmoil melts away.
Concerns may sit heavy but they become lighter for being shared silently.
As he reaches for me I feel wanted, loved, cherished, accepted just as I am.
I can finally be fully myself with this man who knows me so well, who has partnered me for almost 40 years.
Words become unnecessary as we lean into one another. We speak each other’s language now.
Marriage made us as one and we remain so, even as life’s challenges and painful circumstances have tried to pull us apart.
Troubles are shared with kisses. Joy is magnified in the melding, in the overcoming, in the giving and receiving.
And in these heart to heart, soul to soul embraces we are reminded of the way God is continually holding us safe and pouring His unconditional love out upon us.
Because this love of ours has been sustained solely by His grace, nurtured by holy fire, stuck fast by faith.
We love because He first loves us. He is our pattern and example. The glue in this marriage.
And His arms of love never grow weary. We will always be welcome there.
God rejoices when we learn how to accept His love and live in the knowledge of being the beloved.
Arms of Love
Arms of love encircle me
holding secure and steady
as I finally exhale, release
breathe soft and calm
feeling prepared and ready
to accept and believe
hear and receive
that as beloved arms
God’s Spirit hovers
without a sound, yet
speaking things He wants
to urgently impart
into the very depths
of my insecure heart
saying, “You are safe; you are loved
You are beautiful; you are enough
You are free – just trust in me”