What’s your favorite romantic love scene?
For me, my favorite one is probably whichever was the last one I just saw. I am a sucker for a good, romantic scene like the one here from Jerry McQuire. I’m not talking about a steamy, bedroom scene, especially when it is not about love, but about sex only. I like the romance, the vulnerability – the pouring out of the true feelings of the heart to another who has taken control.
I am a romantic. I wrote some romance in the book I published. I enjoyed writing it. I held back a little because I did not want to offend what I thought would be my core audience – Christian readers. I regret that decision. I have decided that if I am fortunate enough to finish and publish another, I won’t hold back. Why should I? What is wrong with a lot of romance. The Bible doesn’t hold back.
Look at some of these romantic scenes from the Bible.
When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!
“Who are you?” he asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”
“The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”
Ruth 3:7 -13
1-5 You’re so beautiful, my darling,
so beautiful, and your dove eyes are veiled
By your hair as it flows and shimmers,
like a flock of goats in the distance
streaming down a hillside in the sunshine.
Your smile is generous and full—
expressive and strong and clean.
Your lips are jewel red,
your mouth elegant and inviting,
your veiled cheeks soft and radiant.
The smooth, lithe lines of your neck
command notice—all heads turn in awe and admiration!
Your breasts are like fawns,
twins of a gazelle, grazing among the first spring flowers.
6-7 The sweet, fragrant curves of your body,
the soft, spiced contours of your flesh
Invite me, and I come. I stay
until dawn breathes its light and night slips away.
You’re beautiful from head to toe, my dear love,
beautiful beyond compare, absolutely flawless.
Song of Songs 4: 1-7
Now, tell the truth. If these did not have the Bible references or Biblical names, would you have guessed they were in the Bible? These are not the only romances nor the only love scenes.
The accounts of love relationships in the Bible are real and the Bible deals with them honestly. God’s servants falling in love with the “wrong” people and doing crazy and even evil things because of it – David and Bathsheba, Samson and Delilah for example.
There are love stories in the Bible which represent the relationship of God and the nation of Israel. That romance involves a lot of cheating and separation. There is an article which I recently read on line written and repeated in Christianity Today. This article,”Does the Bible Really Say All That About Romance?”, Rodney Clapp, February 1, 2001, depicts the love affair between God and His creation in what I found to be a very interesting way by using Biblical references, http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2001/februaryweb-only/32.0a.html.
I deliberately chose Song of Songs and Ruth and Boaz, because they symbolize the relationship between Christ and those who love Christ. That is the relationship God means to have with His creation – a throw back to the original one God had with Adam and Eve.
I want to write about romance. I want to deal with the realities of romance and relationships. I will never be able to write the greatest love story, though. The greatest love story ever is the love between the Creator and His creation. God loved the world so much that He took on human form and willingly sacrificed His life by bearing all our guiltiness, filthiness and shamefulness upon Himself and died our death sentence in our place. He rose from that grave and His Spirit romances us and tries to woo us into one of the most powerful relationships ever.
The Creation loves, cheats, uses, rejects, scorns this fantastic love – some of us doing all even after we make a vow of love. We blame him for the wrongs done to us and others. We wonder why he doesn’t do more for his creation. We doubt his love and question his motives. Yet, God’s love never falters, never diminishes.
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest
is my beloved among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love.
Song of Songs 2: 3-4
I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.