My love colours outside the lines

My love colours outside the lines. Gordon S. Light* (1944– ).  ‘When I became a man, I put away childish things’, St Paul wrote to the immature, fractious Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 13: 11, KJV). This call to maturity from the apostle has both stimulated and limited the spiritual imagination of the ‘holy and apostolic’ Christian church ever since. Its metaphor compels the church to ask: If the life of faith is serious, adult business, where is the place for child-like behavior? Is there any place for playfulness on the holy ground of worship?  It is this tension that Bishop Gordon Light addresses in his song ‘Outside the lines’ (1995), with its first line as above. Light describes...

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