Suzanne Looyenga, wife, mother, and poet, is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. The poem is based on a communion sermon that had the Song of Solomon 2:4 as its text: “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”
I am come,
Carried by Thee, my love, my life,
Unto this house of banqueting, this house of wine,
For Thou hast called me wife
And I am Thine.
Here o’er me floats the banner of Thy love
To all proclaiming that my place has been secured.
Here as Thy pledge of love and faithfulness
Thou bidst me take of wine that Thou hast poured:
The vintage of Thy sacred press.
And so I deeply drink
Within this cup dwells sacrificial love of Thine.
And tasting of it, to my joy, I find I drink of Thee.
O love that dwells within—that now is mine!
This is too much to bear!—O comfort me!