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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Language of Love

Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan:
And the language of love, which is, in our human experience, a curious combination of spontaneity and convention. There just aren't terribly many ways to say "I love you" besides saying "I love you." We're recording this in the state of Minnesota, in which the old story is of the Norwegian who loved his wife so much he almost told her. And so in one sense, it's a very conventional, repetitive, rote thing to do, to say "I love you." "You are the one I love. There is no one else I love." There aren't very many permutations.
And on the other hand, the language of love is spontaneous. You can't repress it. It comes time to say it, darn it, you say it and take the consequences. And that's how it is, how God's love is expressed both spontaneously by God and conventionally by God. God also says, "I love you," and in a very conventional way, and in turn, our love to God, which is always a response to a love that started with Him and ends in Him, our response to that love is the service of one another and of humanity but also an act of adoration.

On a radio program called "Speaking of Faith" they interviewed Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan. Somewhere in a seminary education we all read Pelikan, one of his many tomes. This conversation with him was a wonderful reminder of what a great theological brain produces in writing and speech. You can listen to it online if you want.
There is also a transcript of the full discussion.
Today however wanted you to have a chance to read these words he spoke. About love ...and Creeds and how we have a Need for Creeds to state who we are and what we believe and that the Creeds of the Christian church are written in a certain time and place and reflect that individuality.
God says to you every day... I love you.
Remember that and hear that... and live into that freedom.

God Abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Rev. Dr. Bobbie McGarey


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