Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Happy Love Day
What if God was one of us?
If God had a name,
What would it be,
And would you call it to His face
If you were faced with Him
And all His glory?
What would you ask if
You had just one question?
If God had a face,
What would it look like
And would you wanna see
If seeing meant you would have to believe
In things like Heaven
And in Jesus and the Saints
And all the Prophets?
What if God was one of us;
Just a slob like one of us;
Just a stranger on a bus
Tryin' to make His way home?
Lyrics by Joan Osborne
I have been troubled lately, troubled as to how I am supposed to love “everybody”. Why that just doesn’t seem possible. I’m supposed to love that guy blasting his rap music so loud that I have to roll up my windows, I’m supposed to love that woman who shoves me out of the way so she can get on the train first, love that person who cut me off in traffic and then flipped me the bird. I just can’t do it God.
And then I remembered the lyrics to this song. It was released in 1995 and had a catchy tune that caught my ear right away. Then when I heard the words, it just floored me.
And then I woke up this morning remembering them.
If each and every one of us, on each and every day were told that God was here among us, but it was up to us to figure out who he/she was. Why you bet I would love that guy with his rap music, I would love that woman shoving me and I would even love that person flipping me the bird.
Because what if they were God? I sure would want God to know that I loved him/her now wouldn’t I?
And you know what?
Now, I know,
THEY ARE GOD!
And I am too.
And the truth is, it is all about love. Love for all.
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there
can be no more hurt, only more love."
"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
May you have a Valentine's Day filled with love, love for yourself and all.