While reading the theological works of Martin Luther, I was enthralled not only by his wisdom but by his beautiful writing. As a hymn writer, he obviously possessed poetic skill, but his prose likewise exhibited wonderful phrasing and ideas such as that of God’s love making someone lovable, rather than being merited by someone who was already attractive. Similarly, as Christians, we are called to treat all with love, regardless of how “lovable” they might seem. I was inspired to write this little scribbling after pondering this idea that to be lovable, one must first be loved. I hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear your thoughts!
Love is drawn by brush and pen
Born of beauty, free from sin.
And all the wise of ages old
Know that to love, eyes must behold
And see the shining of the fair-
Charming face and gleaming hair.
To be beloved, one must be,
In the first place, Lovely.
So to despair, Hell of the mind,
Are driven we who cannot find
A flake of gold or ounce of good
In this dark world, whoever could?
In sorrow then, lost mankind must
Find in ourselves nothing but dust.
Our blinded eyes, though made for sight
Only despise their helper, light.
Downcast they stay and fall for lies.
Told to us by the so-called “wise.”
Yearning ever for bright beauty,
We stumble, groping inwardly.
And searching with shadowy eyes,
Are satisfied by dull disguise.
Still, light through darkness penetrates,
As by truth’s sword love recreates
The Image of our fallen face,
Made to share in glorious grace.
He gives our souls a glowing dawn
That we ourselves could ne’er put on.
Unearned love then is all that wrought
The beauty that we ever sought.
From seeking worth but being worst,
We rest in the love that moved us first.
And now as His saved beloved, we
Can finally grow lovely.