Drop it, Cupid

February 14, 2014

Matt Laney

"See what great love God has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know God." - 1 John 3:1

"Cupid draw back your bow and let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart for me.
Cupid please hear my cry and let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover's heart for me.
Now I don't mean to bother you but I'm in distress
There's danger of me losing all of my happiness
For I love a girl who doesn't know I exist
And this you can fix soooo... cupid draw back your bow..."

It was my theme song in high school; the musical score beneath a howling storm of raging hormones, social ineptitude and unrequited love.  Make that loves, plural.  If only I could get this girl to notice me or persuade that one to give me the time of day or convince this goddess to ditch her hunky, beefy babe of a boyfriend in favor of a gangly, bookish dork.  

John Hughes' 1985 movie Weird Science was perfectly tuned to frustrated young men like me.  If you know the film you know what I mean (if not, don't worry; there are rumors of a remake).  Two nerdy teens outdo Cupid by "scientifically" creating a customized, independent woman who worships the ground they walk on.  

So why didn't God engineer humans to automatically love and worship God, like the angels? Wouldn't that prevent a whole lot of headaches and heartaches? The standard answer is if you remove the element of choice and make someone love you, it isn't really love.  And God wants the real thing, not arrow-stuck, love-struck, doped-up bi-pedals who have no say in the matter …even if that means a fair number won't discover the gift of knowing and loving God.

Today is Valentine's Day. You may or may not have someone to send you flowers or chocolate and worship the ground you walk on.  Your heart's desire may not know you exist.  But consider the good company you are in:  God knows just how you feel.

Prayer

Today we choose to turn our hearts to you, Lover of our souls.  We love you, we praise you, we worship you; we joyfully and freely surrender our lives to you. Amen!

About the Author
Matthew Laney is the Senior Minister of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, UCC, in Hartford, Connecticut.
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