“Love Poems From God” by Daniel Ladinsky
I remember when my mother first gave me this book, it was Christmas 2008. I spent the next week in my room as the snow came down hard, pouring through the many poems. Though an easy read, each and every one was so rich, lavishing His love over every pore of my being, illuminating each crevice with His light. My 16 year old self was for the first time taken up into a blissful dance with Him. Having not known this lover before, He was careful with me, always more passionate in His love than I was. I could barely keep up.
“Go slow, my beloved, we’re in no rush here,” He whispered.
“There is no rush like when you’re in love, time does not exist.”
That was almost 8 years ago now.
This compilation of poems is accredited to “Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West.”
It was collected and compiled by Daniel Ladinsky, but comes from the writings of 12 individuals known throughout history as mystics, poets, monks, saints and contemplatives. Each is deep and rich in their writings of Him. Each has a different feel. Each will contribute to your view of Him and enrich the way you see The Father in a different way. Second only to the Bible in contributing to the way I see God, this book is not your conventional devotional book. The way that “Jesus Calling” absolutely revolutionized devotionals, these authors revolutionized poetry in their lifetimes.
The reason I am always looking for a new perspective on things, especially on My Beloved, is because He is Eternal. This literally means there is no end to Him, and that the only end to Him is my perception of Him. What is Eternal Life but this: to know The Father and The Son. (John 17:3) The way to find Eternal Life while on this earth, is to never stop pursuing Him, to never be content with what you know of Him. First, learn His Word, then hear His voice, then know His touch. Somewhere along the way you will lose the ability to distinguish between you and Him, you will melt into Him and become one. It is always hard to tell who’s who in a rustling of sheets.
My final preface to this book: many of the writings are provocative, even sensual. Several of the authors were sexually abused for most of their life (one for over 35 years as a slave) before they had their freedom. Some found The Lord later in life, others would never have survived their teens without leaning on Him in every moment. So remember, that although one has different lenses they see Him through, it might not mean that what they are seeing is not Him, or that it is a distorted view of Him, it could possibly mean that you’ve not yet come to know that side of Him.
Who is this book for:
Those who feel as though they know the principles of following Jesus to The Father, but are still looking to come into deeper intimacy in this relationship that we call the faith.
One who wants to enhance their devotional times with Him. This book is filled with imagery that will take residence in you, leaving you spiraling into such a deeper love for Him.
One who is looking to enhance their worship experience. I have found myself, during worship, getting lost in His arms and caught up in such an overwhelming awareness of His presence because of the love and light that was revealed to me through this book.
Who should be apprehensive to read it:
One who exalts political correctness, or as I’ve heard it called before, “religious correctness.”
One who does not know the gospel, the truth of the Cross and of redemption. Some of the poems are “blanket” statements that if they are not viewed through the filtered lens of The Cross, could be instruments in sending someone awry.
If you start into the book and think it too provocative, or unscriptural or ungodly, look to Song of Solomon. I like to take instead the perspective that although I may not know God to be this way… Maybe He is showing me something new.
“but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.”
Song of Solomon 3:4
“Thou art all fair my love; there is not one spot on thee.”
Song of Solomon 4:7
““Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.”
Song of Solomon 4:9
“Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.”
Song of Solomon 4:16
These are but a few of the many references of scripture. For our Lord is a Lord of sacred romance, and sometimes, all other words of our language would fail Him.
This is what I desire, a new perspective on things. Here is a little taste of this delicious read!
-Close to God
“One may never have heard the sacred word ‘Christ.’
but be closer to God than any priest or nun.”
-The Christ’s Breath
“I am a hole in a flute that the Christ’s breath moves through-
listen to the music.”
-His Lips Upon The Veil
“He has never left you. It is just that your soul is so vast that just like
the earth in her innocence, it may think,
‘I do not feel my lover’s warmth against my face right now.’
But look, dear, is not the sun reaching down and always holding a
continent in its light? God cannot leave us. It is just that our soul is so vast,
we do not always feel His lips upon our veil.”
-Could You Embrace That?
“I said to God. ‘Let me love you.’ And He replied, ‘Which part?’
‘All of you, all of you.’ I said.
‘Dear,’ God spoke, ‘you are as a mouse wanting to impregnate a tiger who is not even in heat.
It is a feat way beyond your courage and strength. You would run from me if I removed my mask.’
I said to God again, ‘Beloved I need to love you- every aspect, every pore.’
And this time God said, ‘There is a hideous blemish on my body, though it is such an infinitesimal part
of my Being- could you kiss that if it were revealed?’
‘I will try, Lord, I will try.’
And then God said, ‘That blemish is all the hatred and cruelty in this world.'”
-I Have Come Into This World To See This
“I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of anger, because we have finally realized there is only one flesh to wound and it is His- the Christ’s, our Beloved’s.
I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way to an even greater being of soul, a being of ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play with Him.
I have come into this world to hear this: every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in the Divine’s womb and began spinning from His wish,
every song by wing and fin and hoof, every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child,
every song of stream and rock, every song of tool and lyre and flute, every song of gold and emerald and fire, every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity to know itself as God; for all other
knowledge will leave us again in want and aching- only imbibing the glorious sun will complete us.
I have come into this world to experience this: men so true to love, they would rather die than to speak an unkind word, men so true, their lives are His covenant- the promise of hope.
I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from the men’s hands even at the height of their arc of rage. Because we have realized there is just one flesh we can wound.”
-It Is A Lie
“It is a lie-
any talk of God that does not comfort you.”
-How Long Can it Flirt?
“How long can the moth flirt near the mouth of the flame before their lips touch and the moth’s soul becomes like the sun. And does the moth then die? No. In serving God, one is transformed into Him.
What lovers would return to us, what lovers would not unite beyond belief and annihilate their separation forever if they had the power to do so? That power our Lord has. How long do you think you can just flirt with Him before you dissolve in ecstasy?
Existence spins on His potter’s wheel; all is being shaped into the Divine. What lovers would not want to die embraced?” -Meister Eckhart
-God Would Kneel Down
“I think God might be a little prejudiced. For once He asked me to join him on a walk through this world, and we gazed into every heart on this earth, and I noticed He lingered a bit longer before any face that was weeping, and before any eyes that were laughing. And sometimes when we passed a soul in worship, God too would kneel down. I have come to learn: God adores His creation.” -St. Francis of Assisi
“Can true humility and compassion exist in our words and our eyes unless we know that we too are capable of any act.” -St. Francis of Assisi
-He Asked For Charity
“God came to my house and asked for charity.
And I fell to my knees and cried, ‘Beloved, what may I give?’
‘Just love,’ He said.
‘Just love.'” -St. Francis of Assisi
“God said, I am made whole by your life.
Each soul, each soul completes me.” -Hafiz
This encourages me; all from the book “Love Poems From God” by Daniel Ladinsky.