Most of the posts I’ve written for this A to Z Challenge have been about vague topics. But today, I shall write about the most vague, huge topic I can possibly think of: love. The L-word. The subject of about 99% of songs on the radio. A human need, although some people will swear up and down that they don’t need love to be happy.
It started when I was thinking of God’s love, and how it is impossible to fathom a love so infinite. The Sunday before last, I was in church listening to the priest’s homily. He was talking about the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and he said we could never imagine the vastness of the love within those three Persons. He told us to imagine the greatest love we have ever had in our lives, and multiply it by a bazillion.
The greatest love I have ever had in my life came from my parents. I can never even fathom how my parents love me… and that’s probably something I won’t understand until I have kids of my own. So how can I possibly understand or fathom the love of God? It’s so big that it almost seems impossible. How can God love and continually forgive every single human being on the planet? It causes me intense pain to love and continually forgive even one person… so how can it be for God?
I don’t have any philosophical, scientific, or theological explanation about God’s love. It’s one of those things that’s meant to be a mystery, that science and reason will never touch.
I didn’t originally intend for this post to take such a religious slant, but that’s what was on the top of my mind when I thought about love. And so was this quote from St. Augustine (one of my favorite saints):
You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.