Valentine’s Day is one of many special days when we miss our husbands. When we are with our friends, we hear them talking about what they usually get from their husbands. Even if you and your mate never exchanged any gifts, with so much focus on the romance and love, it can make us miss them more as the holiday approaches.
This year as I have a luncheon with a small group of widows I plan to focus on the love of God. He is the creator and master of love. Ephesians 3:19 tells us that the love of Christ is too great for us to fully understand. We can’t understand the length, the depth, the breadth, nor the height, of his love. Romans 8:28 says us that for those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, not things present, nor things to come will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I have a small book called Born to Love. It consists of short devotionals about love. Some of them focus on different songs or poems. I particularly like the one called Heaven’s Love. It meditates about the song The Love of God. As Frederick M. Lehman penned these words:
The love of God, is greater far
Then tongue or pen can ever tell!
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell .
As he reached the third stanza our writer tells Mr. Lehman was looking for more thoughts about God’s grace and love when he found this poem in his file:
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on the earth a quill,
And every man a scribe to trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Tho’ stretched from sky to sky.
He then concluded with this refrain:
O Love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song .
I encourage you to think about God’s love for us as we celebrate this day. God’s love is a love which we can never lose!
*I have included below some interesting facts about the above poem/song*
Frederick M. Lehman, “History of the Song, The Love of God,” 1948
Music: Frederick Lehman; arranged by his daughter, Claudia L. Mays (MIDI, score).
Words: Frederick M. Lehman; he wrote this song in 1917 in Pasadena, California, and it was published in Songs That Are Different, Volume 2, 1919. The lyrics are based on the Jewish poem Haddamut, written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, a cantor in Worms, Germany; they have been translated into at least 18 languages.
One day, during short intervals of inattention to our work, we picked up a scrap of paper and, seated upon an empty lemon box pushed against the wall, with a stub pencil, added the (first) two stanzas and chorus of the song…Since the lines (3rd stanza from the Jewish poem) had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave, the general opinion was that this inmate had written the epic in moments of sanity.
May God Bless you and Comfort you this Valentine’s Day,