Speaking of God’s love

April 4, 2012 — 1 Comment

I can’t think of a better subject to contemplate during Holy Week.

The first selection is a little hymn with 12 [count them!] stanzas, though I’m only sharing eight here.**

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in Heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings
Have such kindly judgment given.

There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior;
There is healing in His blood.

There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh creations
In that upper home of bliss.

For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

Souls of men! why will ye scatter
Like a crowd of frightened sheep?
Foolish hearts! why will ye wander
From a love so true and deep?

It is God: His love looks mighty,
But is mightier than it seems;
’Tis our Father: and His fondness
Goes far out beyond our dreams.

But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.

Frederick Faber

***

I told a minister–a stranger–in ’86 that I was drunk, nuts and beyond God’s love. He said gently, “God HAS to love you. That’s God’s job.”

Anne Lamott

***

Love releases life that would otherwise remain dormant and
unsummoned. When you are loved, it is not just that you receive more from someone else, but also that you become more yourself. Loving people are literally lifegivers.

John Ortberg

***

for all the writers and scribblers out there:**

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.

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

Frederick Lehman

Notes and Links
**All 12 stanzas to There’s a Wideness

the fascinating backstory to The Love of God, which reads like ‘Truth is stranger than fiction’

and if you want to sing along to this hymn

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