Thursday, April 5, 2012

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Should Divine love feel like something, and if so, what?


Angela said...

Well, you can't base assurance of Divine love on a feeling...
but, on the other hand, you can't dismiss feelings, since God created us to feel.

Feelings come to my mind when I think of Divine love: feelings of saftey, warmth, freedom, gentleness, peace, painful molding at times, chiding, discipline, sometimes distance.

A picture of vast spaces comes
to mind, fields and oceans...
we cannot fathom this love
through feelings or knowledge,
but we trust and hope in it.
Sometimes we feel it.

Greg said...

Thanks. Interesting insights. I like the two hands of the problematic of "feeling."

When you mention "feelings come to mind" are you imagining them?

Angela said...

Rather than imagining the feelings,
I'm recalling feelings I have had in my relationship with God, in
understanding his love.

I have experienced feelings of
joy and peace while worshiping
God through music,
for example...or when friends have
prayed for me for specific needs
I have at times experienced
warmth freedom....

and pain when I feel disciplined
by God for hard things, sins
he's working on in me...

Angela said...

I got interrupted...

The uniqueness of
friendships between
people are known,
treasured, and felt.

I think it must be
similar with Divine love.
And we each have a unique relationship to God.
Believers will have many
things in common in their
relationship to him,
but there will be
differences in how we
sense God's presence,
perhaps in how we hear
his voice, how we pray
to him...what we feel.

Greg said...

Good thoughts. Divine love seems to feel different ways at different times, so it is polyphonic, not reduced to one feeling.

Recalling would seem to be dependent on imagination - not that we never had the feelings, only to re-access them. But even in present feelings of Divine love, I wonder if imagination plays an important role??