Love is greater than the universe, and so are we

by Craig on October 3, 2012

Life and death remind us that we are greater than the universe.

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We are like all we see.
We are unlike all we see.

When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars that you set in place...

Sun, moon, stars, sky, air, trees, dirt, worms, molecules, bricks, birds, breezes.

What is man that you are mindful of him,
and a son of man that you care for him?

Sharing much but distinct, and higher than it all.

Yet you have made him little less than a god,
crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
put all things at his feetPsalm 8:5-7

The Old Testament we have is flavored by Hebrew, as is the Septuagint, the Greek translation of it. The Hebrew word translated as “a god” is…

אֱלֹהִים

(elohim)

The word isn’t the name of “God” although it is used of God. And sometimes it’s used for “the gods” or “angels”. The Septuagint translated אֱלֹהִים (elohim) as “angel” and most translations follow suit. I can see that. God created human life almost at the level of heavenly life.

But we aren’t “lower than the angels” permanently…as Sara is about to experience.

She will know as she is known. (1Cor 13:12)

But even in this life, our mind and soul grasp things above instinct and nature…
nothing else on this miraculous blue dot of ours, suspended in space, can do this.

It’s a hint that the end of earthly existence…
although it’s a shared fate with the things around us…
is also much more for us.

Everything other than humanity has no choice other than to follow instinct or nature.
We alone can choose either to sink below or rise above nature and instinct.

It’s a hint…

that we, who are more than just body…
must have a fate unlike the things around us.

Even the Universe, when its existence ends, will not “know” of its end.
As great as it is, all the created Cosmos lacks what we have.
We know that we exist…and we dream of further existence.

We can conceive of the universe…
but it can’t conceive of us…
and even that simple ability…
makes us far superior to the universe.

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“Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature. But he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush a vapor. A drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him. Because he knows that he dies, and also the advantages the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.” (Blaise Pascal)

The universe and all within it are dying, never to return…

except…

I think…

that one thing in the universe…

which is greater than the universe…

us…

and Sara.

O “greater than the universe” Sara…

you are about to sleep…

and then awaken…

in resplendent glory.

My Heart. Still. Breaks.

but I smile for that.

Here are all of this month’s Sara posts.
You might heart them as much as I.

In which it’s the small things
Love remembers when eternity touches time
In which sorrow submerges joy
Love prays peace, courage, faith, and knowing
In which are “eternity touching time” thank you’s to God
Love is eternity touching time
In which there is hard love
Love believes beyond the dark doorway
In which everyone should have at least one
Love is the faith of a child
In which there is keeping watch
Love is sometimes paradox
In which is rain, and tears in season

 

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