Loving the Gods

I’ve been thinking about love a great deal the past few days. I’ll keep this brief and to the point, mostly as a reminder to myself. Love needs to be tended. It needs to be mindfully cherished and nurtured and if it isn’t, if we take it for granted, grow complaisant, grow comfortable, it can be damaged and then it is so very hard (not impossible but so painfully hard) to restore and rebuild. Love isn’t an emotion (or rather not just an emotion), it is conscious, decisive, willed action. It is choosing to invest attention and emotion, time and above all else, care into the relationship. It is hard, bloody hard work. I think maybe this holds true for human-human relationships too. It’s not that absence can’t be fruitful, but I think there must be a longing for the sweetness of return, not a closing off, a turning away.  It’s so damned easy to grow complaisant too and to take this precious thing for granted, to forget that it is something very sacred given into our care to tend. This is the true meaning of paying cultus, of maintaining good cultus: to tend and nourish. It comes from the Latin colo, colere, colui, cultus and the word is used both for tending the Gods and Their rites, and for tending a field, preparing it for seed and harvest. It’s hard, hard work but oh the reward is great.

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Posted on May 20, 2018, in devotional work, theology, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Beautiful.

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  2. Wonderful post. I really needed to read it right now. Thank you!

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  3. I could not live, would not find worth in life, without my love for the Gods/Goddesses and theirs for me. It has defined, shaped, trained, and nurtured me over the past few years of learning and letting go, of becoming more useful in service, because the clearer I can be spiritually, the more connected I am. I am sustained and sustaining in these intimate relationships. And you have said it so eloquently.

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