Loyal Love

"Creative Commons Handful of Love" by Nisha A is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Creative Commons Handful of Love” by Nisha A is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Psalm 89:1-2         I will sing of the Lord’s loyal love forever. I will proclaim your faithfulness with my own mouth from one generation to the next. 2 That’s why I say, “Your loyal love is rightly built—forever! You establish your faithfulness in heaven.”
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

It has been easy for me to deconstruct the concept of God as handed down in traditional (and popular) Christianity. The theistic concept of a Supreme Being — omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent — is no longer credible. Complexity theorist, Stuart Kauffman, suggests re-inventing the sacred dimension of life, re-formulating our concept(s) of God. When I have attempted to do that, I have pretty much come up with the understanding that “God” is a projection of our desire for a world that reflects ideal values and relationships. And yet, I can’t deny that there has been — and continues to be — a dynamic presence evident in my life experiences that has led / guided me toward a more mature, wholistic way of my being present in the world. My recent experience with about 20 people who were members of a congregation I previously served affirmed my ministry as their pastor. Their loving response to me (20 years after I left that community) confirms the view that something more than just me — more than just my faith, wits, and understanding — was at work on us all. The psalmist is correct that it is not our concept of God that matters; instead, it is the trustworthiness of abiding love (which seems to be beyond the reach of each of us individually) that keeps us connected to God and to one another. That is my rock and my salvation.

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