Church of Art: Bold as Love

Hello everyone. If you’ll all settle down in your pews, we’ll begin our service.

Today’s sermon is brought to you by John Mayer, and the late great Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold as Love.”

John Mayer may not seem like the best choice for a speaker on the topic of love. It is widely known that he has no shortage of ego, and his reputation for respectful romantic relationships is not strong. But you know what I always say: “We only preach the sermons we need to hear.” So we will forgive him his foibles and tune in to see what he has to say when he gets behind the pulpit:

“I’ve done everything in my life that I want to do, except to just give and receive love for my living….Giving love. Receiving love. I know it sounds really corny, but it’s the last thing I’ve got to check out before I check out.”

What would that be like, to have the giving and receiving of love as the purpose of your living? What would it look like to fill your thought-life not with criticism and judgment, but with affirmations and compliments? What does Bold Love really mean, in the in’s and out’s of your every-day?

How could you turn up the volume on your compassion today?

Click to tweet the good word.

When I ask myself that question these answers arrive:

You could turn up the compassion by NOT making “the huffy sound” when whatever task you’re doing is interrupted. 
You could shut down the fashion-and-lifestyle critic in your head. (You go ahead and rock those jeggin’s, sister!) 
You could consciously stop saying mean things to yourself.

Then I wonder..what might happen if I did these?

You might have to pay attention to the needs of others a little more.
You might have to stop categorizing people as “mine” and “not mine,” and all those difference might stretch you in rather uncomfortable ways.
You might have to stop being afraid of your own power.

(I’m just saying, there could be fall-out. Compassion is dangerous. Don’t say I never warned you.)

Yes, if we all lived as bold as love, I’m pretty sure we’d change the way the planet tilts on its axis. Or at least, we’d change the way things go-round in this world.

Mr. Mayer and I  invite you to experiment with love today. In fact, we dare you:

Be bold.

(Amen? Amen.)


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Rebekah November 11, 2012 at 4:46 am

Definitely amen.

This is–and has long been–one of my favorite Jimi Hendrix songs, and Mr. Mayer’s spoken-word “sermon” is spot-on with the song and for me on this Sunday morning. (I do think we often teach, and preach, what we most need to learn. I know I often do.)

Rachelle November 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I love it when musicians give little sermonettes like that. Leonard Cohen does such nice ones — poetry in the midst of poetry.

Bethany Bassett November 11, 2012 at 7:33 am

This is a worthy sermon no matter who is preaching (singing?) it. Thanks for sharing!

Rachelle November 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm


You are doing a lot of writing on your blog these days — so well done! (Go check it out peeps!)

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