God’s love is too full to remain abstract (another devotion from Chris Glaser)
Hi, everyone. Here’s another one of my favorite devotions from Chris Glaser’s The Word is Out: Daily Reflections on the Bible for Lesbians and Gay Men. This one’s for December 23rd:
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end…. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:8, 13
A chaplain from Detroit began sobbing as conference songleaders taught us a new song about a young gay man named Kurt. On the night of his death, after a difficult visit with his family, he told a minister, “Love heals.” The story, passed along by word of mouth, inspired a hymn writer to compose a song with that refrain: “Love heals.” The chaplain cried because he was the minister to whom Kurt had confided his final thoughts! He did not know that Kurt’s story now lived in a song.
Long after the Bible is gone, God’s Word of love will serve as a healing balm, overcoming pain, division, suffering, and death. God’s love will transcend all words with which we try to capture and express it.
Anyone who has been in the arms of a lover or by the bedside of a loved one who is dying knows that words can never embody the heights and depths of love, love’s rejoicing and love’s suffering. That’s why God’s Word became flesh, because God’s love is too full to remain abstract and must be incarnated in flesh and blood to touch us.
As Kurt prophesied, “Love heals.”
We have faith and hope in your love, God.