We loved him because he first loved us.
—1 John 4:19.
[Love] is an abyss of illumination, a fountain of fire, bubbling up to inflame the thirsty soul.
— St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent.
For the beauty of your face,
Body clothed in glowing lace.
For your touch, which since our birth,
Gave us faith and cosmic worth.
From your life we conquer death,
Safe beyond our final breath.
Your love, a fount of fire,
Your love, a blazing spire,
All of this, we are immersed.
The greatest gift? You loved us first.