VIEWPOINTS: What are the favorite love stories of your faith traditions?

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Spiritual traditions have their love stories, too.

Within Christianity and Judaism, the Bible and Torah are full of fabulous couples — Jacob and Rachel, Moses and Zipporah, Zechariah and Elizabeth and Joseph and Mary.

Hinduism is full of love legends including tales surrounding Kamadeva, the Hindu god of carnal love, who was born from Lord Brahma's heart, and rides a parrot shooting honey bee and floral arrows at unsuspecting lovers.

Then there are the legends of Greek gods and goddesses and their various affairs of the heart. After the elderly couple Philemon and Baucis entertained Zeus and Hermes unaware of the their god status, the gods rewarded them witht he ability to die at the same moment and grow into two intertwined trees. 

Love doesn't have to be just lovey-dovey. It can spiritual and filial, too. Tell us your favorite love stories from your faith traditions.

The story of Jesus' annointing by a “sinful woman” in Luke 7 is one of the sweetest human moments in the Bible.

“When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.”

In honor of St. Valentine's Day, tell us your favorite love stories from your faith traditions.

4 Responses to “VIEWPOINTS: What are the favorite love stories of your faith traditions?”

  1. Natalie Lentz

    Ruth and Boaz. I think the beauty of this story lies in the providential yet genuine nature of their meeting. As Ruth overcame her own hardships of widowhood and poverty, she met Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer (also foretelling of Christ’s redemption). Boaz recognized Ruth’s good character and strength. Ruth was met with Boaz’s generosity and kindness. Their union ultimately led to the birth of Christ. Because Ruth met Boaz during a bleak time in her life, hope plays such a pivotal role in their romance. We expect great love stories to come to the young and untested. This is a hopeful tale that particularly inspires those who have experienced much of life, and points to the old adage that the best is saved for last.

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  2. Amanda Greene

    Ruth and Boaz! That’s a good couple! Thank you for this Natalie! Though it’s not exactly romantic love, I just think the woman blessing Jesus with her tears is one of my favorite love stories as well.

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  3. Bonny Logsdon Burns

    I love the couple from Song of Solomon. They are married and unashamedly enjoying physical intimacy. I know there are a lot of theories on whether the book is a metaphor about higher spiritual thoughts. But, I love the physical imagery and feelings portrayed.

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  4. Natalie Lentz

    I agree with you, Amanda, about the woman who encounters Christ in Luke 7. That is one of my favorite love stories that provided me with a profoundly deeper understanding and realization of grace and love.

    The story of Ruth and Boaz certainly does not depict the same intimacy and romance as the beautifully written Song of Solomon. But, I do see romance through their meeting, him noticing and admiring her character and strength, and his redemption for her. Their humble story also shows God’s love and hope through provision and turning a dark situation into something so good.

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