Monday, October 22, 2018

God Is Love


 As I stood there a month ago I needed to recite the second stanza in this hymn;

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...
 


Sands of time cannot revise it
Though the storm of trouble tries it
Though the doubt of man defies it
Living Hope prevails
Flawed perception may mistake it
…think the Giver might forsake it
But nothing, no one can shake it
God’s love never fails

Life, each one of us must face it
Choose to dread it or embrace it
Love of God, what can replace it
Or secure man’s trust?
Birth begets what death will sever
Bodies decay; the soul, never
Who can dare to risk Forever
For a bit of dust?

Boast and bluff will never beat Him
No other gods can defeat Him
Someday everyone will meet Him
Living Hope unveiled
Then all eyes and graves will open
Everyone will see and know Him
Alpha, Omega, Elohim
Love that never failed

Love that planted Eden’s garden
Love that granted sinner’s pardon
Love that knew that man would harden
Hearts, yet Love would win
Love, kind Healer of the broken
Love, fulfiller of the Spoken
Love, The Father’s Flawless token
For man, flawed by sin

Boundless Love, nothing exceeds it
Saviour’s Love, everyone needs it
Perfect Love, the wise man heeds it
Fools deny its Name
Love, the Comforter for sorrow
Love, the Hero in life’s war, oh
Yesterday, today, tomorrow
He abides, the same

© Janet Martin


 Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. 
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, 
so that we might live through Him.…
1 John 4:7-9



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