anyway, here's part of mike's email:
I remember someone saying that the Eskimos have like a zillion words for “ice” or “snow.” Different words conveying different meanings -- for instance, whether the “ice” would be sufficient to bear a man’s weight. I got to thinking about “love.” Of course, I remember all the sermons about the Greek words for love. But I don’t really remember seeing or reading much about OUR words for love. It strikes me that our capacity for taking in the meaning of “love” and thus for God (since God is love), might be limited by conventional wisdom, that is, the very distinctions and meanings that our language allows.
So I thought about creating a taxonomy of our words relating to “love” Something like:
Bad love (per Eric Clapton)
Good lovin’ (per Rascals)
Love your enemies
Love is such sweet sorrow
You can probably think of many, many more. So God is “love” and all of those expressions are the way we use “love” in the stories that are our lives. What are the commonalities? What are the distinctions? How does God fit into those expressions? Transcend them?So, let's try it. comment and list more ways we use the word "love." don't worry that mike and i are riffing on what that says about our capacity to feel and see what god is, at least in part, if god is love. just throw some this way that explore different ways we understand "love" in our culture ...
i thought of:
love is a many-splendored thing
i love chocolate
i love my wife
i love taking naps
love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things
who loves you, baby?
love you baby
love of country
i don't love you anymore
i love my boyfriend/girlfriend so much!