Welcome to the new year 2012! The start of this new year begins with it a great discovery that I have made. If you are a really devoted physics geek or astrophysicist then you will know what I mean when I say that I think I have discovered evidence of the Higgs boson. According to the online site Wikipedia, “The Higgs boson is a hypothetical massive elementary particle that is predicted to exist by the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics.” Does that mean anything to you? It should because this is the famed God-particle that is being sought after by the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. Evidence of this particle will lead scientists to uncover the mysteries of the universe, notably of how everything in the universe is created and held together (or something along those lines).
I believe that I have discovered this particular particle or, better yet, energy. Unfortunately, no one is going to recognize my great insight because it has already been discovered long before me. What is it that holds all creation in its order? What is the God-particle that creates, orders, redeems, restores and makes new of the old? Let me explain further.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
When someone we love dies, do we who remain in this life cease from loving that person? Of course not! Love is the bridge between us and that person who has gone to be with the Lord. It remains intact even with great physical or spiritual distance. When we pray to God for help, guidance, or need what is it that connects God and us together in that moment of prayer? Certainly faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, but what is the bridge between us and God for that connection? Most notably, it is God’s love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God’s love; that energy or force that creates, sustains, redeems, restores, recreates, and makes new of the old.
I believe that Love is the famed Higgs boson. Love is not much of a particle but more of a massive energy or force that exists which contains the universe and all life. Unfortunately for me, no one is going to stand up and celebrate that I have named the Higgs boson Love, nor is any scientist going to be satisfied with that answer but I don’t mind. Love is the reason that we are changed into something new from the old. Love is God reconciling man to Himself. Love is the force that transforms us from people that divide to people that forgive, from people that hate to people that seek peace, from self centeredness to transcendent servants seeking new ways to share that Love with others. Love isn’t just a kum ba yah moment but rather a transformative power that works in us changing us from death to life.
Discover this Love in your life. Let God’s love bridge you to Himself and you to others. Let this energy continue to transform you in His new creation.
Grace and Peace in this new year!