For some valentines day speaks of love lost, for others of love that never was or for some of love that is ever present. Love has caused the weak to do powerful things and the powerful to do foolish things.
R.S Thomas’ poem ‘A marriage’ reflects a love long lived and there at the moment of death he reflects on that love.(see previous blog)
It is also love that motives Paul to write an audacious prayer in this letter to the Ephesians.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)
It is the lavish nature of God’s love which motivates Paul to prayer that being rooted in that love we may know the depth and height of that love. Paul knows, just like R.S Thomas, that this will not prevent us from walking through dark places but it will hold us in its shadow.