“Oh, marvelous omnipotence of love!
But God who creates out of nothing, who almightily takes from nothing and says,
“Be something even in opposition to me”
Marvelous love, even his omnipotence is under the sway of love!”
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
(the details of a hibiscus / Julie Cook / 2016)
“Of the links between God and man, love is the greatest…”
We so often speak of God as in the Heaven, somewhere up and above…
or that He is in the very air we breathe…as in all around us.
Yet we know, all too painfully well, that there is a divide, a division…
For He is there…wherever there may be…
and we are here…as in this present state of living and being.
The fellowship, the union, is in a constant state of flux…
With sin creating the friction that keeps the reunion from being complete.
“It [being love] is as great as the distance to be crossed.”
That fateful day in the garden,
the day that both man and woman chose to disconnect,
severing the binding tie,
a chasm deep and wide was torn across the dimensions of both space and time…
We created the difference and the distance between here and there.
And try as we must, there has been nor will there be a rejoining…not in this realm… now yet.
“So that the love may be as great as possible, the distance is as great as possible.”
That was to be our fate until the day complete Love could no longer bare to be torn from the beloved.
The cost, as great as it was, had to be paid…
“That is why evil can extend to the extreme limit beyond which the very possibly of good disappears. Evil is permitted to touch this limit.
It sometimes seems as though it overpassed it.”
Prisoner of sin…
Shrouded by a penetrating evil,
A sacrifice had to be offered…
Love sought the beloved with all that it had to offer.
A cross bridged the distance
And Love was reunited with its own…
(bold quotes by Simone Weil / excerpted from “The Distance”
But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear.
So justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness;
for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord.
“My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you,
and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips,
on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—
from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
Isaiah 59:2 / 9 / 21