Why do we love romance?
Throughout human history, people have celebrated the power of love through stories, songs, poems, and art. Whenever we can, we share tales of love conquering all.
We dream of experiencing life-altering emotion in our own lives. Tennyson wrote, “Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” Lao Tzu philosophized, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, deeply loving someone gives you courage.”
I believe love has an even higher calling than these life-altering, courage-giving, breath-taking moments. The apostle Paul wrote, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies…For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church.”
Romance provides us with a tangible parallel for how our Hero overcame every obstacle to win our hearts and overpower our antagonist. Married love demonstrates His steadfast love and servant’s heart. Our very souls cry out to celebrate that beauty.
I aim, through parallels of my own, to craft characters, conflict, and happily-ever-afters that inspire and uplift.