Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Twenty-five
June 22, 2023
"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing", music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. First sung in the movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1956. The late balladeer, Frank Sinatra, popularized these words in song: "Love is a many splendored thing. It's the April Rose that only grows in the early Spring. Love is nature's way of giving a reason to be living, a golden crown that makes a man a king."
This song is loaded with Hebrew (Jewish) meaning. God IS Love and He makes life a colorful splendor even greater than a prism can release. April refers to the sacred Hebrew month of Nissan which is, to the western world, Passover (we say "Easter"), a time for barely harvest. Jesus is referred to as the Rose of Sharon, the Judean Hills of Israel. Jesus died, was buried, then rose out of that grave to walk on earth, ascending just before Pentecost (Shavuot) at wheat harvest. The exact day. 2000 years after the Law was given to Moses, a mighty wind was heard in Jerusalem and Holy Spirit came to dwell within the hearts of men! Acts 2
Jesus is our King and we are kings in His Kingdom. Revelation 1
God is a simple Guy, really. He has patterns that we can plainly see: Home is where the heart is. A man and woman join their hearts in matrimony to place Father God in the midst of their lives. Their future prosperity is founded in their agreement: What do we believe? Who do we say Jesus is? What is our forward vision? What is our purpose together? How shall we solve our challenges? Will there be children? Such questions are best answered before the wedding.
Today, when Communion is served, we remember Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10. He brings our lives prosperity, liberty and justice. It would have been enough if He had just saved us, Friend, but He went on to give us laughter down in our souls. The name "Isaac" means laughter. And the devil hates it! No wonder Father God ordained feasts of joy! True joy is felt when something good you 'just knew' transpires, such as, "the baby is a boy!" and we laugh, like Sarah did to "know such pleasure".
One family, overjoyed that they would be having a baby boy, told their firstborn, Alex, that they would name him Zachariah. "Oh, good," said the youngster, "We will call him 'sister'!" Turned out the ultra sound was correct. Another couple had ultra sound news that their baby would be a girl. A healthy baby boy arrived. "He's a gift from God," they smile, "So we named him 'Matthias'".
"The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose, it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing! The glory of Lebanon, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon will be given to it. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the excellency of our God, [Who is Love]."! Isaiah 35:1, 2
Next Week: Glory, Glory!