Sunday, 7 October 2012

Love, the Beatles and God

I'm a child of the Beatles-not literally of course, but throughout secondary school their music was a constant feature. So if ever my thoughts turned to love, (I was a normal teenager!), a Beatles song was never far way. And their songs have never left me. In our church home group last week, we kicked off by listening to the beautiful Beatles song, If I fell.

We discussed together some of the characteristics of love that Lennon and McCartney were conveying.

If I fell in love with you
Would you promise to be true
And help me understand
Cos I've been in love before
And I found that love was more
Than just holding hands

If I give my heart to you
I must be sure
From the very start
That you would love me more than her

If I trust in you oh please
Don't run and hide
If I love you too oh please
Don't hurt my pride like her
Cos I couldn't stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two
Cos I couldn't stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two
If I fell in love with you

There' s a need to know that love will not be 'wasted' upon the other, there's the fear that love will just be transitory, and that it won't be sufficiently strong, and there's the fear that previous hurts will be repeated.

We went on to listen to the beautiful song, How infinite your love, by Satellite. How Infinite Your Love a lovely simple song expressing  thanks and wonder at the love of God, given to us. It's really a refection on St Paul's prayer in Ephesians3.18-19


It seems God is more than willing to 'waste' his love on us, and never allow anything to spoil it. As someone has said, 'there's nothing we can do to make God love us more, and there's also nothing we can ever do that will make him love us less'. It's an infinite, never ending love. In a loveless world, boy do we need that.


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