Love’s Wisdom

One of the popular items re-circulating through cyberspace is a list of delightful things children have said about love.

Some are merely cute, such as: Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on cologne and they go out and smell each other.”

But some are truly wise, such as these two:

1. “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Even a poet couldn’t say it better than that. Your name is safe in the mouth of someone who loves you.Your name is safe. You are safe when you are called out, invited to come forward, to let yourself be known by someone who loves you.

2. Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen. The excitement of getting stuff, this little child understands, blocks you from knowing love. Ours is an economy and a culture in which getting stuff is seen as necessary to happiness and well-being. That, of course, i absolutely false. Getting lots of stuff is like drinking saltwater — all it does is make you want more stuff. Love is when you become quiet and just listen. More than ever before, our culture is investing millions of dollars into making sure we never have to be quiet enough to listen, simply listen. We frantically flee the place of inner quiet, filling the “ears of our hearts” with noise, endless noise, all because we are terrified at the prospect of listening for our name to be spoken in love. . .and hearing only silence.

This I know: Jesus Christ is speaking your name, very softly, almost silently, but very safely. Your name is safe in his mouth. You are safe. . .so listen.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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