By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
The words caught me. I hadn’t expected them, but there they were.
Following my Bible-reading plan for the day, I had turned to the first chapter of Malachi in the New Living Translation. Verse 2 jumped off the page:
“I have always loved you.”
For those of you who don’t know, I write inspirational Western romance novels. That very line has appeared in some of my stories. I knew God loved us, but I’d never thought about Him saying it like a hero from one of my novels.
I have long considered God’s word one of the greatest romances ever written. I mean, think about it – His love is clearly stated, but He has all kinds of obstacles to overcome to win the beloved’s heart.
And the ending, well, that’s what makes it a romance and not just a love story – a great ending. Read the last couple of chapters in the book of Revelation and tell me if you don’t think that’s a happy ending.
To carry the romantic theme a step further, listen to the song I have linked below. It’s called “Reckless Love.” The last time we sang this at church, I clearly saw the “alpha hero” fighting for his beloved:
“Oh the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God
It chases me down, fights ’til I’m found …
…your love fought for me…
There’s no shadow you won’t light up,
mountain you won’t climb up coming after me.
There’s no wall you won’t kick down,
lie you won’t tear down coming after me.”
Do you see the Hero? Do you see Him pursuing His beloved?
He is not easily dissuaded. He’ll do whatever it takes, even if it costs His life.
Now that’s romance.
That’s how much He loves you.
When Bern faced Etta again, she looked dumbstruck, as if she’d just witnessed a crime.
In a way, she had. He’d broken his word to her by destroying that infernal agreement, and he’d given no credence to the word of a man he’d never met and never cared to.
Bern was certain of two things: Etta spoke truth. He’d witnessed it in her daily life, in her dealings with Gracie. In her dealings with him.
And he loved her.
Why hadn’t he told her? ~Mail-order Misfire
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