Monday, September 13, 2010

The Love of God

I have never heard this hymn before. I saw someone reference it in their Facebook status and loved it immediately. Take a moment to let these amazing words by Frederick Martin Lehman sink in:

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 years of 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.

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.

What an amazing reminder to cling to in all things.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Nature of God

In our youth ministry, we are trying to spend more time teaching students how to actually get into the word of God and why it's so important for them. Throughout Scripture, I am comforted by the fact that God is God through and through. I just read this woman's story and it really touched me as I listened to her simple confidence and hope in God. Her short testimony shares about this reality:

Stories of Hope-Paige from Videos on Vimeo.

These words really grabbed me:

"The same God that was with me when I was a bride in the wedding was the same God who was with me when I was a widow at the graveside"

God's nature doesn't change based on our perceptions or the things that happen to us. He is always God and he is always good. Even in the worst, he holds us in the palm of his hands. What words for her to say.