Though freedom and prosperity seem destined for disaster,
we in North America are still ever-so-richly blessed by both!
Then, why do we bicker so?
Why do we complain?
Is it because we overlook
the Love that should sustain
From He who gave His Son to save
our souls from hell's eternal grave?!
Can I hear a hallelujah?!
Because we are so loved we ought to dearly love our fellowman
Jesus, our great Example proved and taught love's perfect Master Plan
With humble heart that glows with joy to be the servant of a King
As with the gifts that grace deploys, we honour Him in everything
Because we are so loved in spite of less than faithful gratitude
God, rich in mercy, melts the night; His compassion kindly renewed
Then it behooves us to be kind; not blind to one another’s need
Lest His goodness is undermined as we serve gods of lust and greed
Because we are so loved we do not need to wallow in dread’s fear
The patina that gilds the view is but façade’s shallow veneer
No height nor depth, nor life nor death, nor other power can prevail
To separate us from the love God promises will never fail
Then, because God so loves the world (He gave His Son to pay our debt)
We ought to live with fist uncurled, ready to forgive and forget
To frolic like a well-fed calf, to till the soil of soul and sod
With hope; to work, pray, sing and laugh because we are so loved by God
© Janet Martin
Malachi 4:2 NIV
But for you who revere my name,
the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.
And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution
or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,[k]
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.