March 05 2013

I have been recently bestowed with some emotional states of being, of intense proportion, that are not commonplace in my life. My examination of such emotion was both bewildering and enlightening.

Emotion is bewildering in that it can be so potent that it feels not containable, spilling over and clouding into reason and objectivity. Truly frightening is the fact that emotion has the potential to exact action in the realm of influence to which belongs the individual imbued with such emotion. This very wonder led me to realize that God experiences every emotion that humans do.

Unlike us, however, he is an infinite being who’s very whim has cosmic consequence. That realization subsequently conjured images of unimaginably immense seas of music of every color and proportion, with infinite raging waves, unending placid stillness, and every possible delicate ripple in between.

Apply the concept of such raw, monumental force of feeling and potentiality to God’s realm of influence, coupled with the fact that he would have “room” to leave logic unaffected, and you may understand why this heightened appreciation moved me deeply, even to tears. Even so, appreciation does little for my inability to fully comprehend my own emotion, rendering futile any attempt to fully comprehend the implications of an emotional God.

David Steltz

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד
וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽך
וְאָֽהַבְתָּ֥ לְרֵעֲךָ֖ כָּמ֑וֹךָ