What if God is love? What if the core of the divine reality is love?
And what if love is “paying attention?”
Does this mean that God is paying attention to creation? Does this mean that God is listening to creation’s groaning and laughing? Does this mean that there is a divine spirit that attends to each of us and to our friends, the birds, the horses, the caterpillars?
And what if the Apostle Paul is right and love is eternal? What if he is right that words about God will pass away, that emotional feelings about God will pass away? But love never ends.
And what if love is unconditional? What if love pays attention to us even when we don’t love, even when we shut ourselves off from attending to others because they hurt us or we hurt them?
And what if we quit trying to get love to pay attention to us and opened our hearts to see where love is already coming to us?
What if love is eternal and the creative energy for life? What if we started looking where it is rather than lamenting where it is not? What if we savor it when it comes rather than complaining because it doesn’t from where we want?
If God is love and love is paying attention, maybe the way we know God is to love God by paying attention to where love exists and joining with that love in the world. Maybe this is what it means to be in communion with God—to participate in the acts of love (God) as they get acted out in our world.
And maybe if this is all true, we can live with more courage, knowing that nothing can separate us from love. Maybe we don't have to be afraid.