Okay, Fausto is correct, of course. My favorite description of God is "limitless, undying love" -- I respond to love with love. When I think of the special, transcendental moments I have experienced, it always involved the feeling of being surrounded, immersed, in love.
But back to the question ... how would you respond if you heard someone say "I love God" in your church?
If you love God ... would you admit it?
Fear holds us back. We don't want to appear like Miley Cyrus at the MTV movie awards, waving her hand up at the sky and saying, "I wanna thank God. Hellooo! The only reason I’m here!" We don't want to annoy the "non-God" people. We know what we mean by it, but we presume that others will misunderstand.
We don't want to look stupid.
If we aren't willing to talk about these things in church -- a Unitarian Universalist church -- a religion that talks about the free and responsible search for truth and meaning ... is there something wrong?
Maybe, maybe, if it makes us feel a little queasy inside to think about saying "I love God" in church, maybe that's not "good" fear, the kind of fear that keeps you from touching a hot stove or wearing skintight fuschia leggings with a tube top. Maybe that's a sign that we're taking a risk, going outside our comfort zone.
Maybe we should embrace it as a sign of growth.
Unitarian Universalists are brave folks. We invite Muslims to speak in our churches a week after 9/11, we face public scorn marching for what we feel is right. We willingly go to jail to prove a point. We speak up to the bigot in the office.
But in our churches, will we admit to a love of the divine? Will we say, with no irony, "I love God"?
I love God.
Now excuse me, I need a Tums.