Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lent 2010, Day 24

Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Psalm 100:3
All of us were planned babies, whether our parents called us accidents or not. God arranged for our births from the beginning of time because of His love for us. Whatever our limitations: physical, mental, emotional, or financial, He has great plans for each person. And what about those who are so limited that they can do is lie in bed and drool? Their lack of communication with us or lack of abilities that we can measure do not preclude a rich, silent relationship with God that may be more exciting than the rest of us can even imagine.

The third stanza in the hymn "The Love of God" was found scrawled on the walls in an insane asylum over a thousand years ago. It was first used in a poem written by a Jewish rabbi and adapted to the Christian hymn in 1917.

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.

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