Sealed with a Kiss

Before I go on a weekend seminar trip I leave post-it notes around the house for my hubby to find–in his desk, on the TV remote, in his underwear drawer, on the shower wall, under his bed pillow, in his worship Bible.  And while my little post-its contain a variety of mushy messages, they always end with an X–kisses.  (Sometimes I add a few Hershey kisses for emphasis.)  It’s my way of saying, “Wherever I go and whatever happens, I love you and I’ll miss you.”

Back in the days before most people could read or write, they signed their documents with an X.  This represented their oath to fulfill whatever obligations were listed in the document.  In time an X and a kiss became synonymous.  Hence my X or my SWAK are my vows to my husband.

Solomon begins the Song of Songs with kisses sweeter than wine.  (Many Christians believe this is an allegory of the love manifested between Jesus and His bride-us.)  “Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth–for Your love is more delightful than wine.”  Song of Songs 1:2 NIV   While I’ve never tasted anything stronger than Martinelli’s apple cider, I sure do delight in receiving Richard’s kisses along with as the kisses my heavenly Beloved showers me me everyday–the sunlight, the flowers, the air I breathe–all loving kisses from the One who loves me.  And the list goes on.  I return the gesture with my love, devotion and my vow to honor my commitment to our relationship.

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