More Than A Feeling

hoff2Which is more powerful: the facts or your feelings?

Yes I know – facts are True.  But true is a boring hatchback parked neatly in my brain.Feelings are pimped-up red ferraris that power through the blood superhighways, pumping out Meatloaf and mooning the olds.


fact: A hormone  is a chemical released by a cell, a gland, or an organ in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Cells respond to a hormone when they express a specific receptor for that hormone. The hormone binds to the receptor protein , resulting in the activation of a signal transduction mechanism that leads to cell type specific responsesthatpleasestoptalkingmyearsarebleedingandI’velostthewilltolive.

feeling:  Tom Hardy loosens his tie/takes off his shirt/breathes my kidneys start to spasm and I have to sit down. NOW I believe in hormones.

No-one writes songs about facts.


REO Speedwagon are unwilling to fight their feelings, Big Fun can’t shake them, Franz Ferdinand can’t stop them and as for Eddy Grant, Chaka Khan and JLS – well they won’t stop asking if you Feel what They Feel.  Even Elton is feeling the love (well – at least for tonight).

all of which is enough to make you feel like making love/like a (natural) woman/like dancin/the earth move.

In which case perhaps you should call Dr Feelgood.


Truth is, feelings sound like a great idea. But cut adrift from the facts they’re positively dangerous. Like taking R Kelly at his word and jumping out a window.

We need both.  But sometimes, the facts come first.

In the Christian life, there are all kinds of facts I ‘know’ but don’t feel.

I ‘know’ that Jesus loves me, died for me and rose again.  I know that my old life is buried with Him and that in Him I now have a new name and a new identity – far removed from the old guilt and shame and fear. I know that He’s my husband and he calls me by a new name:

you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow…

 4 No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,[a]
and your land Beulah[
for the Lord will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.
As a young man marries a young woman,
so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62)

Hephzibah means ‘my delight is in her’. Beulah means ‘married’.

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride so Jesus delights in us.I don’t always feel it – but then, I don’t always feel like I’m married to Glen either. Does that mean I’m not? No.  Does it give me license to act like a single laydee? It does not.

Goodbye sweet Tom.  Goodbye..

3 thoughts on “More Than A Feeling

  1. Exactly. Clever in the best sense. We are really brainwashed if we don’t somehow go for the ultimate “grab bar”, The truth of the word of God,

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