I remember when I was very small
I learned to count to ten,
I would count it up one by one,
and then back down again.
And it occurred to me this morning
that today what I could do
is try and count the many ways
that show how I love you.
ZERO is the very first number,
it means nothing is there at all,
yet from this nothing, God made you and I
to answer His loving call.
ONE is that lonely number,
standing all by itself apart,
but God took you and I together,
and melted us into one heart.
TWO is next and it is what
you and I used to be,
but two hearts became one in Him,
and our love has set us free.
THREE is what our two made one,
is strongest adding Jesus in,
for when He's there in the middle of us,
our love will never ever dim.
FOUR is for your two eyes looking at me,
and your two hands holding mine,
all our 'twos' added together make 'fours' in us
happiness doubled is our love sublime.
FIVE is what usually marks off the work-week,
but our time's the same every day,
each one a brand new collection of hours,
to find new words of love to say.
SIX is also a half-dozen,
or four plus two, or two times three,
but even six times a thousand would not
be enough to tell how much you mean to me.
SEVEN is the number of completion,
the day God chose for rest,
and every week I take that special day to praise
Him for giving me a love that is the best.
EIGHT can be six plus two,
or two doubled and doubled again,
and every day that's what happens with my love,
my cup of happiness is filled to the brim.
NINE is next - three times three,
like circles of all things true,
for Jesus, you and I all linked together,
show my unending love for you.
TEN is the base for all our numbers,
it's how many fingers we have, and toes,
and I would have to count them forever in time,
to tell my love, but I think your heart knows.
'How do I love thee?' the poem says,
'let me count the ways' for you,
there is not a number high enough
to tell how deep, how high, how true.
And it all comes back to that little number one,
for I have but one heart to give,
and it is yours for all of our days,
I LOVE YOU more each day that we live!
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