The other day I had an interesting conversation with someone I met who is also Asatru. We were talking about the Gods and Goddesses and I asked him why very few people seem to say that they love our Gods and Goddesses. His response was that most people honor the Gods instead. I tried to press him a little by telling him that to me the two words do not have the same meaning. The same " feeling" either ! He would have none of it and would not budge from his idea about them being the same.
On the weekend before Memorial Day I went up to see the grave of my ancestor, John B. Bergen. He fought in the Middlesex County Militia during the Revolutionary War. I am very proud of this man and what he did for our country and my family. But I never knew him and do not share an emotional bond with him. I am perfectly content with honoring him by paying my respects every year for his heroic deeds.
I often visit my mother' s grave. I go to see her final resting spot as often as I can. I do this because of the emotional bond we developed over the years and of course the love we shared as mother and son. This is the same emotional bond I share with our Gods and Goddesses.
I think the gentleman I was speaking to really, deep down, loves the Gods and Goddesses. I think that like most people he has a problem using the word love to express it. And it is such a great word, and a great way to honor the Gods. I am a Receiving and Shipping Manager at the company that I work for. I yell at truck drivers most of the day, ( mostly good - natured bantering, though I have had a few heated exchanges ), but if you ask me I will always answer the same way: I love the Gods and Goddesses. Yes, I love Thor, Odin, Freyja, etc... There is no deeper emotional bond that you can have with a person or God than love. If you let them into your heart and soul they become so much more to you than they were before. They become a part of you !
So try it ! Love the Gods and Goddesses as they love us. It is a great way to honor them ! Love: that other four letter word.
Go with Odin' s wisdom, Freyja' s love and Thor' s protection !