This week, under the expert guidance of Dr. Esther L. Meek, we have been explorers, discoverers, celebrants.
On Friday we explored Covenant Epistemology – interpersonal loving relationship as a way of knowing.
We discovered that as we love the Lord more deeply, we come to know Him more fully. And in knowing Him we enter into what C. S. Lewis called “the greater reality” of God, where all things are made new.
The Bible has something to say about loving God first:
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Oh yes, “and your neighbor as your self. – Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18
But what about that irritating neighbor? I certainly don’t feel like loving him. C. S. Lewis said,
Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.
And, we might add, to know him. That kind of love takes time. But Jesus won’t hurry you along. Because covenantal love is patient.
In the midst of covenant relationship, our Lord invites us to worship. We respond by inviting Him to fill us, to enlighten us through His Spirit. As a result, we are found and lost at the same time. Found in His loving embrace. Lost in the surprising reality of His extravagant grace. Immersed in what Shakespeare would call a Madness Most Discreet – a relationship with the living God that overwhelms us with mystery, joy, and itchings for the ideal.
He fills us with longings for a better place where He will fulfill the promise of “bright blessed days and dark sacred nights.”
It isn’t a fairy tale land, though it may seem to good to be true. In fact, it’s too good I’m not to be true.
Whenever we worship we join in a celestial celebration of communion with the Lord of the Dance. And we invite others to join us in exploring the extravagant, grace-soaked reality of loving and knowing.
Today we invite the Lord to touch us with His real presence. Here and now as we witness His love making all things new.