on one of dylan’s best albums is the song “you gotta serve somebody“.
in the song the narrator says no matter what happens youre gonna either have to serve the devil or the lord.
and in the song theres a section where dylan sings:
You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy
You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy
You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say
You’re still gonna have to serve somebody…
Only because i’m old as the hills do i remember where Dylan takes this from.
in the late 70s there was a comedian named Bill Saluga who had a hugely popular bit
where he’d say his name was Raymond J. Johnson Jr.,
but you didn’t has to call him Raymond. You could call him Ray, or you could call him J…
My dear friends, we must love each other.
Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life.
We are now God’s children, and we know him.
God is love, and anyone who doesn’t love others has never known him.
God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life.
Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us.
God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.
Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we must love each other.
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us,
and his love is truly in our hearts.
+ + +
theres not a lot of lovey dovey hippy Jesus stuff in the bible,
so you have to really embrace it when you come across it.
ironically this comes just a few pages before John’s Revelation
(aka the scary sci fi end of the world)
so in a way its the warm kiss and tender hug before the ish goes down
something to remember when the lights go out
and the monsters dive, screaming through the clouds.
the thing about Love though, is John’s not talking about loving your dog
or your girlfriend or your mom
he’s talking about everyone because we are all reflections of God
thus if you do not like God in disguise, how are you gonna love God IRL?
it’s all practice. it’s all training your heart.
when you see someone walking down the street
or better: driving down the road
are you loving or hating them?
i for one know i have some work to do here,
which is why this passage spoke to me today.