20 May 2008

First it killed the Romans. . .

My wedding band from my second marriage had an inscription in Latin:

Ego dilecto meo et dilectus meus

It is from the Song of Solomon in the Old Testament. It translates to "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine"

I'd like to give pause and focus on what it means to be "beloved".
Be*lov"ed.., n. One greatly loved.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Greatly loved by whom? By God? By our parents? Our children? Our lovers? I must ask myself whether or not I greatly love anyone. I know in my heart that I do. I must. I have this amazing capacity to share my affection and devotion – generally without abandon and without fear. Still, do I know how to truly love without prejudice?

I know how to unconditionally love. I do. Where I have issues is expressing myself clearly. I don't want to hold on too tightly for fear of suffocating the one whom I love. Yet, I need to make my presence known so that the recipient knows they are safe and secure and enveloped in my acceptance.

It is a fine line to walk. . . and one that I stumble upon every day. I pray that those who are greatly loved recognize their importance and openly embrace what is theirs to be received.

You are my beloved . . . and I am yours.

"Beloved One" by Ben Harper

We have both been here before
Knockin' upon love's door
Begging for someone to let us in
Knowing this we can agree to keep each other company
Never to go down that road again

My beloved one, my beloved one

Your eyes shine through me
You are so divine to me
Your heart has a home in mine
We won't have to say a word
With a touch all shall be heard
When I search my heart it's you I find

My beloved one, my beloved one, my beloved one

You were meant for me, I believe you were sent to me from a dream straight into to my heart
Hold your body and close to me
You mean the most to me
We will keep each other safe from harm

My beloved one, my beloved one, my beloved one

Eidetic Vision

Main Entry: ei·det·ic Pronunciation: I-'det-ik Function: adjective : marked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images - an eidetic memory Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.