Friday, February 8, 2013

Timeless Truths (part 2) - Love

Heart of the Milky Way - Valentine's Day

The greatest force in the Universe ....

Yes ... I admit it.  I have been known to watch cartoons.  But what does this have to do with Valentine's Day ... or love?  Let me tell you.

In my younger years, I had the television tuned to a cartoon channel as I was going about my business.

The format for this particular set of shows, featuring superheroes, had a goofy looking animated host.

As MC, this toon plugged upcoming shows and made comments during the breaks.

Nothing unusual or memorable about that.

But one afternoon was different.

While promoting the upcoming show, the voice - on script - plugged the featured superhero with superpowers as

"the most powerful force in the universe."

Then  - for a second - the MC went off script and added - 

"that is, except for love."


Though I remember little details about the shows, these words of this wise cartoon host stayed with me.

As shown by the heart circling the Milky Way in the night sky, February is the month of St. Valentine's Day.  It is a holiday in which we celebrate love.  The cards and gifts exchanged usually are on the theme of romantic love.  But love does more than make the world go around.  (Love Makes the World Go Around)

Indeed as the wise little toon said, love is the most powerful force in the universe ... 

and, I may add, beyond.

Consider the words of Jesus when asked -

 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22

Jesus not only stated the greatest commandment was love, but quoted these commandments about  love from the Old Testament - Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18  

And, likewise, a great picture of love is found - of all places - in the Old Testament.  It is the story of the prophet, Hosea.

God spoke to Hosea and told him to marry a prostitute named Gomer.  Gomer was unfaithful and left Hosea to pursue other lovers.  Eventually, Gomer's lovers grew tired of her and dumped her.  She sunk so low that she fell into the bondage of slavery. Yet, Hosea sought out Gomer, bought her out of the slave market, and restored her as a free woman and as his wife.

From this experience, Hosea knew how deeply God hurt when His people were unfaithful to Him, pursuing other gods.  From the depths of his heart, Hosea proclaimed to the nation about God's amazing, tender, pursuing love.

Below is a clip of the story of Hosea set in modern times.

Indeed, God loves us, as He has said  ...

I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
Jeremiah 31:3
So let us ...

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:1


*  Have a Blessed Valentine's Day *
  Please click on link  for a special eCard:  This is how we know what love is

Timeless Truths will continue ...

- where the ancient proverbs and wisdom will be shown how they still apply throughout the ages.

As always, this timeless truth stands  ...

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Isaiah 40:8


Previous post in series:

Timeless Truths (Part 1) - A Cup of Cold Water (2013)


Photos from:
wikimedia - Heart of the Milky Way - Valentine's Day - superhero stamps

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