Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday's Thought

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This year, when I think of Valentine's Day, the first thought that comes to mind is the "Love of God!" It has gone through my mind repeatedly all week long.

Don't get me wrong, I am blessed to have a wonderful loving wife, who, without her, I would not be the man I am today and would not want to be without her in my life. I would go crazy, get lost and fall apart.

God's Love for me, for you, is an incredible experience that every man and woman should have. He loves us. Period. No ifs ands or buts or "well, you must do this, or that, or pay that, or purchase this, or give that." He loves us. Simple as that. Again, period. 

What I find amazing is that He gave His only Son to die for our sins so if we confess belief in Him, we will have eternal life.

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, 
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

-John 3:16-17 (ESV)

Over the past few years, I've come to love a hymn that I can remember my parents singing when I was a child and playing as a church organist. It seems recently it has become popular again.  

At this time of year when love is emphasized in many ways, I've had this song on my mind quite a bit. I've been singing or humming as I walk my dog or as I drive somewhere. An amazing song which, to me, expresses the depth of God's Love further. 

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall;
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call;
God’s love, so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Words & Music © 1923, Ren. 1951 
by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
Lyrics and Music:Frederick Martin Lehman (1868-1953)

As my life began a crazy, very stressful trek in 2008 with my mother becoming ill, it was followed by several years of taking care of her, several family losses and illnesses.  I noticed as I went through this time, whatever happened, God's love was still there.  It was almost as if I was being tested whether I would still love God or believe that He loved me when these illnesses or losses occur.  And, I did and I know that He loved me- as the experiences couldn't have been better handled without Him and His Love. 

This Valentines Day as you share your love with those you love, consider finding God's Love for you and sharing it those you love.  Finding God's Love is as easy as visiting Peace With God.

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