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Love Beyond Limit

A few weeks ago I posted a link about the amazing extent of space known already to mankind—14 billion light years!.  As soon as stronger telescopes are made, the “limits” of space expand.  Of course, there’s a limit somewhere—it can’t be infinite.  Here’s where my analogy breaks down:  God’s love is beyond limit.  The more we explore, search, experience—the greater we find it to be.  Infinitely beyond our knowledge and imagination. 

And oh, the beauty!  We see pictures of stunning nebulae and other breathtaking things out in space.  It’s a reminder of God’s love–infinitely varied, splendid, and magnificent!  It will take a lifetime and eternity to begin to plumb its wonders. 

But if we’re content to settle for a tiny taste, that’s all we get.  Will we glance at the little pinpricks, turn away and go back to our trivial pursuits?  Or will we spread out a blanket and settle down for a long session gazing into the heavens?  Will we delve into the depths of divine love that goes on and on forever?  I don’t want to be satisfied with less.

  1. 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.
    • Refrain:
      Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
      How measureless and strong!
      It shall forevermore endure—
      The saints’ and angels’ song.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

By Frederick M. Lehman, 1917

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