Sometimes, I like to listen to mellow music while I work. This means I can listen to a lot of love songs over the course of a day. There are a lot of different kinds of love in my ipod:
"My girl, linen and curlsThere are a lot of love songs out there and I know that there are a lot of kinds of love. I'm pretty comfortable with a loving parent/child relationship with my Creator, but I know that doesn't work for everyone. That's okay, because God is all kinds of love.
Lips parting like a flag'll unfurl
She's grand, the bend of her hand
Digging deep into the sweep of the sand"
"and you were no picnic
you were no prize
but you had just enough pathos
to keep me hypnotized"
"And if I could hold on
Through the tears and the laughter
Would it be beautiful?
Or just a beautiful disaster"
"I turned around
before I could run
I found you already settled down
in the back of my mind"
"I've got doubts I can't even count.
I've got mirrors that take me apart.
I've got blues, a melting revolt.
I've got songs that stall when they start.
I've got you babe.
Diamonds and pearls, babe.
I've got you girl, that's all I need."
"If you want a father for your child
Or only want to walk with me a while
Across the sand
I'm your man"
"I'll love you till heaven rips the stars from his coat
and the moon rows away in a glass bottom boat."
"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love."
1 John 4:7-8.
"Everyone who loves" is a strong statement. On the other hand, saying that knowing love and knowing God are the same thing seems overly simplistic. Especially when our culture has a great deal of trouble distinguishing between love and like:
Bianca: There's a difference between like and love. Because, I like my Skechers, but I love my Prada backpack.Is it the act of love which makes us open to the knowledge of God? Are we to believe that the capacity for love is inherently human, something which each and every one of us is born with, just as each of us is born with an inherent knowledge of God?
Chastity: But I love my Skechers.
Bianca: That's because you don't have a Prada backpack.
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I don't have the answers to these questions. All I know is that I know God in an intimate and yet limited fashion, just as I know love in an intimate and yet limited fashion. I know what it is to be loved and to love, both my neighbor and my God. Oh, and I know that those feelings are pretty awesome.