“Listen to What the Man Said”

“Soldier boy kisses girl
Leaves behind a tragic world
But he wont mind, he’s in love
And he says love is fine”

“Listen to What the Man Said”-Paul McCartney

Have you ever been in love?

It’s a pretty good feeling if you have. To care for another, and to have them return those feelings is as close as we can come to the Divine while we play blues shuffles on this mortal coil.

If you’re like me (and sorry if you are), you want to know the ‘why’ of things. Sometimes to my detriment. Why does someone love me? What is it that makes that work? Why?

Why indeed. But as the prophet McCartney so eloquently sang in the above lyric, that soldier boy is in Love. And he don’t mind. No questions asked…Love is Fine!

C’mon, baby…gimme some of dat!

Love is all about caring, to be sure. But sometimes there are things you just DON’T care about.

I don’t care about…

Substitutionary atonement
Transubstantiation
Calvinism
Eschatology
Revelation
Hermeneutics
Tribulation (pre, post, or mid)
Pharisees

Blah blah blah…I think you get the picture. I’m thankful to have known love. And I still question it more often than I care to admit.

But maybe love hasn’t worked out so well for you. You’ve been hurt and you’re still hurting. You’re lonely…and alone.

You want love and you can’t possibly even dream of love, much less it being fine.

There’s a line in a novel I read some time ago that still haunts me:

“How do you hurt someone who has nothing?
Give them back something that is broken.”

We all want love. No…we NEED love. And we need a love that is fine and so wondrous and divine that we don’t care to ask why.

Without love we are all broken…and have less than nothing.

I’m not gonna throw you a Sunday School lesson or give you the feel good verse of the day. I respect you more than that. But listen to what the Man said:

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

My prayer today is that I hear that song. And that you do as well.