Friday, October 10, 2008

"Love Her More By Loving Her Less"

This is my favorite poem of all time. We had it read at our wedding so it has even more value to me. I just had to share it with all of you.
Love Her More By Loving Her Less by John Piper

If you now aim your wife to bless,
Then love her more and love her less.

If in the coming years, by some
Strange providence of God, you come
To have the riches of this age,
And, painless, stride across the stage
Beside your wife, be sure in health
To love her, love her more than wealth.

And if your life is woven in
A hundred friendships, and you spin
A festal fabric out of all
Your sweet affections, great and small,
Be sure, no matter how it rends,
To love her, love her more than friends.

And if there comes a point when you
Are tired, and pity whispers, "Do
Yourself a favor. Come, be free;
Embrace the comforts here with me."
Know this! Your wife surpasses these:
So love her, love her, more than ease.

And when your marriage bed is pure,
And there is not the slightest lure
Of lust for any but your wife,
And all is ecstasy in life,
A secret all of this protects:
Go love her, love her, more than sex.

And if your taste becomes refined,
And you are moved by what the mind
Of man can make, and dazzled by
His craft, remember that the "why"
Of all this work is in the heart;
So love her, love her more than art.

And if your own should someday be
The craft that critics all agree
Is worthy of a great esteem,
And sales exceed your wildest dream,
Beware the dangers of a name.
And love her, love her more than fame.

And if, to your surprise, not mine,
God calls you by some strange design
To risk your life for some great cause,
Let neither fear nor love give pause,
And when you face the gate of death,
Then love her, love her more than breath.

Yes, love her, love her, more than life;
O, love the woman called your wife.
Go love her as your earthly best.

Beyond this venture not. But, lest
Your love become a fool's facade,
Be sure to love her less than God.

It is not wise or kind to call
An idol by sweet names, and fall,
As in humility, before
A likeness of your God. Adore
Above your best beloved on earth
The God alone who gives her worth.
And she will know in second place
That your great love is also grace,
And that your high affections now
Are flowing freely from a vow
Beneath these promises, first made
To you by God. Nor will they fade
For being rooted by the stream
Of Heaven's Joy, which you esteem
And cherish more than breath and life,
That you may give it to your wife.

The greatest gift you give your wife
Is loving God above her life.
And thus I bid you now to bless:
Go love her more by loving less.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing that!

Sarah Danielle said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

SassyEngineer said...

I loved that poem - it was a good reminder for the day!

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful expression of what marriage should be - thank you for sharing it! I believe you are and will be a wonderful wife! - Sally

p.s. I am Country Mouse's and BlueberrysBlog's Mom!

Weeksie50 said...

That is beautiful..

Amy (Metz) Walker said...

I really love John Piper's stuff!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

mrs.leah.maria said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

That is indeed a beautiful poem...I can see why you love it so much. Just visiting you for the first time after seeing that you're following my blog...thanks for that. I'll put you on my following list as well.

Jennifer said...

I've never heard of this poem, but I love it! Thanks for sharing!

Tiffany said...

awww..this is such a beautiful poem!