by Ken Rolheiser
How God makes love to us

You’ve heard the expression “God couldn’t be everywhere and therefore he made mothers”. And that is an example of how God loves us and makes love to us. Isaiah 66: 11-13 expresses God’s love for Jerusalem, for us.
“That you may be suckled, filled
  From her consoling breast,
  That you may savour with delight
  Her glorious breasts
  Like a son comforted by his mother
  Will I comfort you.”

God’s love is experienced by babies in their mother’s embrace. God’s love is experienced by lovers in each other’s embrace as well. God’s greatest gift to us is love.

God makes love to us again and again. Every sunrise, every breath, every taste of joy teaches us about the Creator. We gasp with joy; we pant as we run and fill our lungs with the wind. Our hearts beat high with the joy of being alive and strong.

Our greatest human love songs echo that oneness with God for which we long since conception. There is an ancient tradition in our Church that every human begins with a kiss; when a person is created God kisses their soul and then sends us forth into the world. As we grow we forever yearn for another kiss from God. We yearn for that intimacy again.

In Celine Dion’s love song “Falling into You” we can see how the lyrics might apply to our love affair with God:
I was afraid to let you in here
Now I have learned love can't be made in fear
The walls begin to tumble down
And I can't even see the ground
I'm falling into you
This dream could come true
And it feels so good falling into you.
Then there is Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” which could as well be expressing our longing for love eternal”:

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
'Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But “There never seems to be enough time to do the things we want to do” or should do. In the end, it is God “We want to go through time with”.

Meanwhile, savour the gift of lovers and family and community. Be grateful for the blessings of the senses in creation and the joys of the spiritual world as well.

And when it comes to turning back to God I am reminded of Cher’s song:
“If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I'd take back those words…”

We are in a world where sin and pride often control us. Cher’s song echoes:
“I lost every thing… then and there
Too strong to tell you I was sorry
Too proud to tell you I was wrong.”

But God is still in love with us. He never left us. And he continues showering his graces and blessings. We still can “reach the stars” and return all creation and our love to God. And God will love us, love us the way he used to do and always will.

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