|Daddy & Daughter before the play: Daddy ready to welcome people into the kingdom, and our sweet daughter ready to hold a banner high for the King|
This past weekend our family participated in our church's annual Easter production. We all eagerly look forward to it every year, our children especially. They anxiously await the coming of the new year after Christmas when practices begin each weekend for this labor of love. Their zeal and joy is absolutely contagious! It is the deepest desires of our hearts to share the story and love of Christ with others.
Even at their young ages, they have felt the need for a relationship with the Lord; that God-shaped vacuum that is intrinsic to each human's heart. They see Him everywhere: in rainbows, gardens, babies, sunshine, puppies and relationships. Even in the short span of a child's living, they can absolutely understand the need for humility, forgiveness and grace in the business of loving people.
Because God our Father has so loved us, He sent His only son, Jesus, to be the final sacrifice for all of our sins, that we might be washed clean for eternity. It is done.
And because our Father loves us so very tenderly and fiercely, it is only natural that once we glimpse even the fringe of this love, our hearts respond in like.
One of my favorite current songs is "You Won't Relent" sung by Jesus Culture. This is the very heartbeat of God our Father. He loves us, and His pursuit of our hearts knows no end. For this, I am eternally grateful.
"Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the LORD.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised." ~Song Of Solomon 8:6-7
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