Loving With All You’ve Got: Episode 2. 3-7-2018 Lenten Series

Thinking of love always seems to conjure up, at least for me, the melody of song. There are many love songs floating out in radio land. “I Will Always Love You,” by Whitney Houston. “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Elvis Presley. These are just two of the thousands that can fill our ears. I personally am inclined to think of the Beatles, “All You Need Is Love.”

Maybe there are so many songs about love because love is simply easier to describe in a creative rhythm, like poetry. “I Don’t think you’ll ever fully comprehend, how you have made my dreams come true,or how you have opened my heart, to love and the wonders it can do.” (Quote from Will You Ever Understand, by TONI)

Maybe the rhythmic movement for love is necessary, as the beat carries with it the vulnerability of what it means to be in love? Maybe the rhythmic movement for love is necessary because love is the heart beat of intimate relationships? Maybe it is a both/and response suggesting that love as the heartbeat of relationships also invites us into vulnerable places? places of the unknown? places of the new beginning? places of understanding?

Do you remember falling in love? The excitement and anticipation of the unknown and new beginnings? It didn’t seem quite so vulnerable, because in that relationship you had someone to fully rely on, someone to depend on. Some one to give all of yourself too, sharing everything; your thoughts, your spirit, your energy, your emotions, and your stuff.

I wonder if this is not what God wants from us also. A commitment to give all of our selves to God, all that we have and all that we are, exactly as we are.

Just what would it look like to do this, give God all of our heart, all of our soul, all of your mind, and all of our strength? What would it feel like?

Would it bring us peace in the midst of a crazy world that demands so much from us? Could it be a focal point of clarity for our days?

Could focusing on loving God with all we’ve got actually be the heartbeat, the rhythmic melody that renews our life and gives us a new dance to dance, a new walk to walk, a new song to sing, renewing us for life in the days to come?

I wonder these things, because sometimes, as much as this world is beautiful and gracious, kind and generous, there is also a lot of dung that seems to infect our existence. It distracts us from relationships. It adds barriers to relationships. It weighs upon our shoulders.

So what if, just for one minute, there was a way to reclaim, what is good and right, and re-enter the space of peace, re-enter the dance, re-enter the heart beat melody that allows us to sing with new joy in this life?

This is what I invite you into this Lent. Very patiently, very thoughtful, take time to reconnect with our heartbeat, our song of love as children of God, by offering all of your self, all of your love, to God.

Scriptural focus:

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

You shall love the Lord your God,

with all your heart,

and with all your soul,

and with all your mind,

with all your strength.

(Mark 12:29-30)

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