Friday, June 8, 2012

an inconceivable intimacy

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Love is one of those mysteries that everyone (including the adorably snarky xkcd ) spends years of our lives trying to figure out. Dr. Seuss once said: “You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” We keep trying to grasp the unfathomable mystery. Because, without love, we simply won't be able to ever make sense of our world. It's a fact. Love is the currency which the cosmological economy operates on. If you don't accept that economy, you're going to be continually frustrated by the universe. If our worldview doesn't operate on the logic of love--total, self-giving, utterly sacrificial love--the world doesn't quite click, the story of salvation looks like (to be candid) complete bull, and religion is easily written off as a joke slash collection of passé rules and ridiculously restrictive taboos.

See, the thing is, the ultimate reality is Love. Let's back up here and break this down. See, we say from the moment we enter Sunday school that "God is Love," and the unfortunate thing is we say it so often we really forget the incredible, audacious wonder of what we're saying. God. Is. Love. The ultimate reality is God. God is the One Thing that necessarily exists. He is the One Thing that has always existed and always will--the reality that will never change (As Peter says in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: "If things are real, they're there all the time." Just so, Peter. The most real thing is God--who has never not been.) So God is the ultimate reality. Cool. Well, who's God? The Trinity. God is the Trinity(--just celebrated Trinity Sunday, liturgical calendar shout-out); and the Trinity is Love. The mystery of the Trinity is the Father begetting the Son and the Son loving the Father. And their radical self-giving love is the person the Holy Spirit. The Trinity=divine love. Powerful, radical, beautiful, divine love. That love is what created the universe. That made the universe good, that made man and woman in His own image. Humans and basically everything else in the universe falls into place when it operates in accordance with the ultimate reality. When we operate according to that love. A love that shatters our narrow definitions of love. Just as in The Last Battle, the garden of Narnia has worlds within worlds contained with in it, this divine self-giving love of God has eternal depths to sound.

It's cray. It's hard to put into words just how mind-blowing it is. But it's pretty cray.

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