In considering how we might find examples of ludus (the Greeks understanding of love as ‘playful’) in the Bible we might turn to the Creation stories. In Genesis were are told that the world was created ‘and it was good’. The world was made and it was full of joy and delight – from sunsets to sunrises, from the plethora of creatures to the wonder of companionship. Creation is often understood by people of all faiths as an outpouring of divine love. Does creation itself indicate a playful love? Does it contain an invitation to enjoy, explore and play?
Sadly innocent creation in the Biblical story didn’t last very long and innocence was replaced by a world of toil and labour but that isn’t the end of the story. The Bible has faith that God’s love is constant and that whilst things can be awful the world should hold onto hope. The book of Zephaniah asserts that a new creation will come, that God will recreate the heavens and the earth. Then God will “…rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Perhaps the playful love of God is always present in the world but sometimes we just aren’t in the right place to feel it. Can you make some time to enjoy the world around you, to play, today?