Valentine’s Day is all but behind us. Thankfully, love and romance is not. I say thankfully, because I’m grateful we don’t only have one day to express and receive love.
I like love. A lot.
My favourite love story is the one God wrote for my wonderful husband and I. About that, perhaps another time. In this post, I’ll share about the greatest love stories I’ve ever read.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Cliché, I know. The story of Elizabeth Bennet, a beautiful and delightfully witty young lady, and Mr. Darcy ,a handsome and irritatingly proud man, is one of the world’s most famous and most loved.
I put its charm down to the fact that theirs is a transforming love. It transforms them, because they have to fight against odds and themselves, their own pride (and prejudice!). It transforms the society around them, because they refuse to let in to the pressure of marriage for its own sake or for financial reasons. It transforms us, because it stirs our longings to be wooed and loved like that.
Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers
This is a story of Michael Hosea, a farmer who’s trying to start a life in California, in the middle of 19th Century. He falls in love with Angel, who is a prostitute and marries her, trying to win her love. No, this is not Pretty Woman. It is a story inspired by the book of Hosea, in the Bible, and a moving depiction of God’s steadfast love for us.
Michael Hosea is not simply infatuated, he is committed and determined in his love. Angel is only familiar with lust and superficial attachments, if any at all. Michael woes and fights for Angel again and again, even when she shows him nothing but contempt, running away from him and going back to prostitution. I read this book in what seemed like one breath.
The ultimate love story, however, is the story of God’s love for us. The entire Bible tells this magnificent story: how God chooses and longs to win the hearts of His people, how He is jealous for their love and heartbroken by their sin, how He sends His only Son to save His beloved, and pays the greatest cost just so that we could be able to come to Him, freely and boldly. Our God is holy, just and faithful. But He is most of all loving – infinitely loving.
Valentine’s Day or not, you should know: you are loved.
Your turn to share now. What is YOUR favourite love story?
Featured picture courtesy of Reny