Dear Ones,
Hope you wake to a loved-filled day! Al will be going to Men’s group this morning, and I plan to make him egg dishes and replace the Valentine decorations for Easter ones. We have Bible study this afternoon.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
I woke early one morning with the familiar song playing through my mind, “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.” And the chorus continues to express His love, “O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure-the saints’ and angels’ song.”

 Upon rising, I looked up who wrote this familiar song in 1917 and read about Frederick Martin Lehman who was a California Christian businessman but had lost everything. He was forced to make a living by working in a packing plant putting oranges and lemons into wooden crates; but while he worked God used this environment for him to write songs. One Sunday he was so touched by the Pastor’s sermon that he could hardly sleep that night. The next day, words came to him throughout the day as he worked; he later rushed home to write them down and went to the piano to compose the melody to The Love of God. He wrote 2 stanzas but 3 were necessary for a song to be considered complete. There were no words that came to him but he remembered a card he had received and noted that at the bottom it said that the words were written on the wall of a prison cell 200 years ago by a prisoner so he could be reminded of God’s love. It was not known what the prisoner had done but the words were left behind when he died and written down before the cell walls were painted.

  Lehman found that the words fit perfectly for the 3rd verse of his song, and they still ring just as true today. “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.”

  We talk and sing about God’s love, but has His love penetrated our hearts that no matter what is happening in our lives, His love remains measureless and strong. His love reaches down to us no matter if we are the most wretched sinner for His love endures forever.

Challenge for today: Spend some time basking in His love and letting it penetrate your heart.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy