A Love Story

Part I

Long, long ago, a dream began to take shape. It was Abba’s dream.

Can you even imagine when there was no time and no place? When there was emptiness without end? – But there was an Entity filled with Love that had always been and will always be.

This is the story of that loving Entity, a story with a beginning because none can tell of its existence before the beginning of this story. One can only imagine that it existed before this story began. But one will surely come to see its presence in all that surrounds us.

As the Spirit of such Love moved across the emptiness and darkness, it had a dream. It dreamed about sharing just a wee bit of its endless Love. To do that meant that it needed to be creative, a thoughtful process coming from itself. It would give some of itself and expect nothing in return. And so Abba’s dream began to take shape, first in the idea and then in the Reality of Abba’s existence.

One creative act led to another. Who knows which act came into being first? And who knows how Abba actually called together the ideas and formed them into a part of the Reality of Abba. One can only imagine because no one was there to see it. But when the creative work was finished, it must have felt good to have given of itself. I can imagine the loving Entity stepping back, looking over its work, smiling, and saying, “Yes! Awesome job! Well done!”

(As you have already noticed, I am convinced that the things we see around us today in deep space, in deep oceans, across the land, and in the sky, under microscopes and through telescopes, inside our bodies and in museums are indeed a wonder. The results of these creative acts are so marvelous and ordered that they leave little doubt for me about a Supreme Being’s design and handiwork. To suggest otherwise, especially to say that all their intricate features came about on their own, without such a great design plan, seems laughable to me.) But back to the story of Abba.

This is the risky part of the story. Abba gave the entire creation an instinct to adapt to natural changes within its surroundings. (We have finally learned that galaxies and planets and stars are attracted to each other and can sometimes cause natural changes due to their gravitational attraction or bursts of energy. Unlike other areas of our galaxy, the planets in our solar system appear to remain just the right distance away from each other and effect each other only slightly. Interesting. But others have crashed into each other and pieces of their debris occasionally come close enough to either burn up in our atmosphere or slam into the surface of our planet causing local devastation.  I am not a scientist so I can only depend on what modern science has learned and take sensible precautions based on their predictions. This is only one example of what I mean about Abba daring to risk creating an ongoing, expanding universe(s) for us to study and learn about. Love does not expect us to be inactive idiots when faced with the challenge of natural changes in our environment. And that includes climate changes, weather changes, and volcanic and earthquake changes which are all very natural.)

Both of Abba’s unique images which were a part of the Entity itself and which complemented each other as male and female humans were given the capacity and the freedom to learn all they could. Something like Abba, they had ideas to think about and use creatively. This is one thing that made them different from all the other creatures. They began to learn about their surroundings and how the creation given to them could be used to their benefit. They especially began learning about themselves and the Love that gave them life and lived within them. They had the freedom to choose to do loving things for each other, speak kindly to each other, and love each other just as their loving Creator had done to them.

The most important thing for them to learn was that they could always depend upon and trust their Creator’s love for them, especially since Love’s Spirit lived in them. It was another thing that made them so special among all other creatures. Love does not live in the sky. Love’s home and Reality is in us and around us. When humans finally catch on to this, they stop looking for Abba vertically because they have found him horizontally.

The risk that Love took was giving its images the freedom to choose what to learn. Freedom is the most important trait of Love. Love did not run their lives. Love did not create puppets. Unlike another ancient story, Love made no demands. Love required nothing in return for what it gave. Love gives and expects nothing. Such are the ways of Abba.

The end of this part of the story was that Love’s images did choose a different path. And it made a huge difference for them. The path they chose was one that led to doing and saying unloving things to each other. Worse, it led them to fear. They became afraid of punishment and death and afraid that Love would leave them and forsake them. These fears became humanity’s greatest fears until they become convinced by Abba’s comforting message to them.

It would be more difficult to trust and depend upon their Creator’s love for them. It would be more difficult to see the open, forgiving, and accepting arms of Love waiting to welcome them back from the path they had chosen to follow. It was a challenge to overcome their mistrust and doubts and unloving behavior and to understand that even though they had changed, Love had not changed at all. Love still required nothing of them. In fact, now Love gave them even more. Love forgave them and accepted them as they were, with all their unloving behavior. And most important of all, Love never left them in spite of their fears and behavior. Love did not forsake them!

Abba blessed his human family. It grew larger but family members who did not trust Abba’s love for them and treat each other as they had been treated did unloving things to each other. So humans began to make laws and to punish disobedient humans instead of forgiving them as Abba would do. They did not have Abba’s patience. This became their way of justice. It saddened Abba to see humans do these unloving things to each other. What they were doing, that is, both the unloving thing done and the punishment for for doing it, were unjust compared to his idea of justice. They had merely piled one injustice on top of another injustice. And forcing obedience through the fear of punishment did not result in genuine loving behavior. It was a fake.

(I use the pronoun “his” only because humans had not yet learned to trust the Entity of Love as their loving “Abba” or “Father.” That would take a while longer. And it would take lots of patience, and many more acts of loving kindness, kept promises, examples of unconditional forgiveness, and saving acts from tyranny – in other words, lots of loving – for humans to catch Abba’s Spirit of Love and begin to change their ways.)

Abba’s way of justice is to forgive as often as it takes to get humans to catch on to his Spirit of Love. And his way of justice is to accept humans as they are, that is, as they had chosen to become. Most important of all, he does his way without any threat of punishment. His way does not depend upon fear to bring on a change of behavior. Fear and the threat of punishment are used by humans to force a change of behavior, but not by Abba! We will be learning much more of Abba’s way in his story of Love within humanity.

Abba’s way of justice would be the creative way to get humans to choose another path, a path of Love. No punishment, no oppression, no tyranny, no payback, no threats, no sacrifice. Only love and patience and generous forgiveness and acceptance for prodigal behavior! It was his decision to wait for them to join his Reality, even if they had to pass through death and into his loving arms before they were finally convinced of his love for them. Either now, already, or later, after death, humans would finally come to understand Abba‘s love for them and be surprised and amazed by it. So great is his love for humanity which he chose to be a part of! And so different is his way of justice from human justice! Later, he would call his way a “new thing” when compared to the (in)justice of humans.

The story of this Love that chose to live among humans continues next time.

 ~ Henry Hasse, 5/28/2011

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