As an example of God’s love and of human love, the story is told of a queen who found a way to free her beloved husband from an enemy king’s prison. Disguising herself as a male troubadour, the queen went to the prison and played her flute most beautifully in the court of the enemy king. Upon hearing her music, the enemy king was so moved that he told her he would grant her any wish. She wished to choose a prisoner who would be freed to accompany her in her travels. Her wish was granted. Remaining in disguise, the queen chose her husband who left the country with her. Nearing his own home, the king complained to the disguised troubadour about his unfaithful, ungrateful wife who hadn’t bothered to come to his rescue. Removing her disguise, the king recognized his wife and was overcome with joy, gratitude and love. So too, is God’s love and faithfulness for us.
By Joyce Iten, OSB