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 with the 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' anointing by a "sinful woman" in Luke 7, for example, 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."
We asked our panelists, and we invite you to join in the discussion.
What are the favorite love stories of your faith traditions?