We just got in from a special evening with dear friends. It wasn't a typical setting for a Super Bowl party--it was in the lobby of a hospital. Our dear friend Tom is in the hospital due to complications from advanced cancer. The hospital staff graciously moved his bed to a private lobby area and a large gathering of folks brought food and love. We love you, Tom, and we're praying for you!
Since this is Valentine's week I thought I'd share one of my favorite scriptures on love.
"Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast.
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings."
The other day I was looking through some photos of the first time I met Daniel. I wished that I could travel back in time and relive that day again. You see, when I met him he was a stranger. I didn't know how funny he would be, how compassionate he is, what joy he would add to our lives, how much I would love him. I wish I could meet him again for the first time, but this time fully knowing who he is. And I'd like to rewind life to meet my other three for the first time again, too. When they were born they were tiny strangers. I had no idea what their personalities would be like, what talents they would develop, what a gift they would be in our lives. And I'm sure when they are grown, I'll wish I could relive these younger days even more than I do know. It would be fun to see all four as little sprouts knowing what the flower in full bloom would someday be.
I guess that's why it's neat to think that our Creator has loved us from our very first heartbeat already knowing who we are at our very last breath. In three different verses in Psalms, David mentions how God's love for us reaches to the heavens. Although I feel that I can describe my love for my children as "reaching to the heavens", I know that's probably still but a fraction of the love God has for us. It's a humbling thought. How grateful I am for His love for us.
Tonight's song is simply Psalm 36:5-7 put to music. It's Third Day's beautiful "Your Love Oh Lord." An oldie but goodie. (I've also moved up on my playlist a two favorite songs about love that I posted a while back.) In the coming week, may you remember just how much you're loved by your Creator.