Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Love, Human and Divine

Zoey, my great-niece
whom I get to baptize in July
-- photo by her dad

Since Sunday Evening I have been at the Spring Priests' Conference at which I am getting to see a lot of my priest friends and to find out what is happening in their corners of the world. This is more than a meet and greet time. Our Bishop always brings in an engaging speaker who offers thought-provoking lectures or other presentations. At this conference we are privileged to have the Rev. Dr. William Danaher, an Episcopal priest and seminary professor with whom I studied at Sewanee.

Professor Danaher reminded us that in his classroom teaching he still uses Edward Collins Vacek's book Love, Human and Divine: The Heart of Christian Ethics. Here are a couple of quotes from that book:

"Because God is and always will remain incomprehensible, at some point in our relation with God we must leave off trying to know God and simply let ourselves be in love with God."

"God's identity is not wholly bound up with promoting our well-being. God's promise is that God will be with us, loving us, but not loving only us. God's promise is also to be with us as we struggle with the evils that are not from God's hand. Even if we are defeated in this struggle God is still with us, and that is more than enough."

These are lessons that Zoey will be learning as she goes through life. We'll get her off to a good start with her baptism. Isn't she the most beautiful baby in the universe?

In Peace,

Linda +

The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

No comments: