Can song inspiration come from a supermarket tabloid headline?
I remember glancing at one about a “reality TV” gameshow like “The Bachelor”
or “The Bachelorette” and thinking that there’s a lot of things that masquerade as
love. And we have promises and hearts that are broken, $100,000 weddings that
result in 4 month divorces, and families that disintegrate.
Love has been likened to a rose, a river, a battlefield, and dozens of other things.
It’s been the subject of some of the greatest works of music, art, literature, theater,
and film. But there is a secret behind all this. Real Love goes far beyond the
flare of emotional and hormonal attraction. It is based on things like communication,
constancy, trust, sharing, covenant-keeping and a lot of hard work.
Maybe one more analogy could be used – it’s kind of like a fruit tree. Neglected
it will wither and die. Carefully tended daily by two partners, it yields beautiful,
fragrant blossoms and sweet fruit for a lifetime and beyond.
Real Love is something far less glamorous, yet far more glorious, than the tabloids
or Hollywood could portray.