And together, we will learn to love

One of the purchases I made in the Book Fair last month was the long overdue and should-have-been-bought-book-since-last-year Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. I have been planning to buy this since last year but I never got around to it, and it has been mentioned to me quite a few times by friends like Chris. Anyway, I finally got around to buying it, and I set aside some of the other books I was currently reading for this. I’ve read Donald Miller’s Searching for God Knows What and I loved it (though I might have to re-read it again :D).

I’m 3/4 through Blue Like Jazz and I’m loving every page. This particular chapter, Romance, is especially cool. I never thought I’d read something about romantic love in a book like this since it’s not really about it, but I like how Donald Miller explains how he learns about that kind of love. At the end of the chapter, he shared a part of this play Polaroids, which is about a man’s life from birth to death. This monologue is written after the man’s fight with his wife. He planned to have these characters divorce, but he changed his mind. Instead, his character kneels beside his sleeping wife’s figure and delivers the most beautiful monologue about love I have ever read. And here I will share my favorite part (emphasis mine):

I will give you this, my love, and I will not bargain or barter any longer. I will love you, as sure as He has loved me. I will discover what I can discover and though you remain a mystery, save God’s own knowledge, what I disclose of you I will keep in the warmest chamber of my heart, the very chamber where God has stowed Himself in me. And I will do this to my death and to death it may bring me.

I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love demanding your love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again. I suppose the clock itself will wear thin its time before I am ended at this altar of dying and dying again.

God risked Himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together, we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him, unto us.

It’s such a beautiful expression of how a romantic relationship is made to glorify God even more. :) Hay. I shall print this and put this up in my journal for sure.

Book review will come when I finish it. This will definitely be in my favorites list. :) But for now I will continue reading and take a nap in my room (not in the living room sofa, for a change, woot! My bed may not be one of those modern platform beds, but it’s mighty comfortable :p) to recover from the little sleep I got last night. Have a nice rainy day y’all. :)

2 thoughts on “And together, we will learn to love”

  1. Hey TINA,

    A friend of mine read that book. I was afraid it was going to be too, I don’t know really, just not my kind of book. But since you have good things to say about it, I just might check it out. (=-

    I’ve been looking at a Japanese-style platform bed for weeks. I found the one (01) I want but I don’t have an apartment just yet. So yeah, I have to wait until I find more permanent residence.

    Things are still kinda rough, but I think all in all I’ll survive the year or so here in Kansas, U.S.A. (=- I need to talk to GOD more though. It’s difficult sometimes though. A lot of times I find myself trying to rely on myself for the strength and not asking GOD what he thinks or simply for guidance. *sigh*

    Anyway, I hope you’re getting plenty of rest this weekend. My weekend just started this morning. I’ll be off to take a shower soon. I have to pick up around the room first. After that I’ll head to get something to eat and then catch either the 1:15 or the 1:50 showing of The Kingdom this afternoon.

    Keep up the site, I enjy coming around each day and getting my ‘TINA fix. Love ya lil sister. *squeeze*

    Peace be with you always. And may GOD continue to bless you.


  2. “Blue Like Jazz” is one of my personal favorites. Just started reading his “To Own a Dragon” which is also very good. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite modern writers.

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