Friday, February 13, 2009

Matters of the Heart

It is the day before Valentine's Day. In line with the celebration of this highly popular event, a thought crossed my mind and I decided to put it into writing. I remember jotting down some quotes regarding youth a few years ago and one of them is very relevant for the 14th of February.

"Young men make great mistakes in life; for one thing, they idealize love too much." 
I agree. (I noticed he used the term men but I would like to believe he meant 'man' in general because young women fall into the same trap, too.) Nowadays, it's not hard to find people wearing rose-colored glasses when it comes to love. With the amount of 'idealism' being bombarded by the media regarding love and relationships - confusion and sadly, destruction, is often the result. Many young people enter premarital sex, deal with unwanted pregnancies, commit abortion and so on.

I came across this webpage on Christianity -- Youth Issues - Relationship and one of the thoughts there that struck me was this: "Immature love demands perfection." How true! Even I once dreamed of that fairy tale-like love story complete with "and they lived happily ever after". Thankfully, I know better now. I am also glad to share of the GREATEST LOVE STORY ever told summed up in John 3:16

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
On this eve of Valentine's Day, I share to you this poem. It is my own reflection of why the heart symbolizes love.

© 2009 Julie Ann Caringal

Many have sought to understand
this one word of letters four.
Two vowels, two consonants,
a pair like never before.

People have talked about it,
more so now than ever.
But they forget an important thing..
to listen well, nay, listen better!

For the heart is a shape
made from a union, no doubt, of two:
the left ear and the right ear,
which attend to matters both Godly and true.

If you lift your hands to heaven
and place them side by side,
again the heart is made visible
where prayers and charity reside.

The heart embodies love
for another good reason.
It is the best, yet most unnoticed,
 analogy and conclusion.

From that moment in the womb
until the day one dies,
every single heartbeat
is where the answer lies.

For the heart, too, is unconditional;
it 'suffers long and is kind'.
It 'bears all things, endures all things';
beats long after fallen is the mind.

Remember now and remember well,
this one word of letters four.
Two vowels, two consonants;
 fulfilled only in God forevermore.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
- Proverbs 4:23 

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