In 1850 Elizabeth Barrett Browning‘s work “Sonnets from the Portuguese” was published. Included in this collection of Browning’s sonnets was Sonnet 43 entitled “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Following is that love sonnet:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Now I am not really a poetic person. I have trouble understanding the abstract poetic devices. Rather I prefer concise journalistic writing that says what it needs to say – no ambiguous meanings behind the words. However I do know that when I read this poem it sounds beautiful. “I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life!” – that is exactly how I feel about Lyle.
I thought of this poem when looking at ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts when I came across a cute idea by Michelle Knoller-Dell on bhg.com. The idea included coming up with 365 reasons why you love your special someone – one for each day of the year. If you write the reasons on each day in your planner or calendar, you are reminded everyday of your special someone. I thought it was a wonderfully cute idea.
I did not set to accomplish this long list of why I love Lyle for Valentine’s Day. However, I did start the list last night. I came up with 82 reasons why I love Lyle before I went to sleep – 283 let. Some of those reasons included his commitment, his spontaneity, and his silliness. While I sat in the living room filling several pages of my journal with the reasons why Lyle is the love of my life, I began to think about the other love of my life – God.
I suddenly goy the idea to make a list of why I love God. This list would be endless because God is constantly revealing more of His nature through His word and blessings. So I decided to include in this post a few reasons why I love God.
- He gave his son, Jesus, to die for my sins to save me from the punishment I deserve.
- God blessed me with a wonderful family and a loving husband.
- He loves me unconditionally.
- He never leaves me.
- God’s power is unfathomable.
- He allows me to get to know Him through His word.
- He provides my needs.
There are infinite more reasons why I love God, but no matter how many reasons my tiny brain can produce, it still doesn’t compare to the love that God has for me. Anyway, just something that I was thinking about.