“Cancer, most likely stage four,” announced the email. Since older women compose the majority of my Bible study group, a notification of someone’s hospitalization was not unusual. But this one? She seemed too young, healthy, and vibrant.
When I read Paul's words, my first assumption was that he must have been nearly perfect. For I too have been influenced by the older generation to believe that leaders and mentors should not show any weakness. So how can Paul say that? It seems presumptuous, audacious, proud. Who does he think he is?
Today my heart is heavy for several loved ones who are hurting: with deep wounds of hurt that have yet to be healedwondering if they'll be rejected because they don't want to keep doing what they think they should doat the end of their rope because they've tried so long to please others and they … Continue reading To Know This Love
I pray that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of God's love]. Ephesians 3:18 Finally, we come to the depth of God's love. God's Love is also deeper than Hell. One of the most gripping scenes in the Lord of the Rings is when Gandalf … Continue reading Deeper than Hell
I pray that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of God's love].Ephesians 3:18 A few months ago, I watched The Martian, starring Matt Damon. There is nothing like views of space, planets, stars and distances so far away it takes twenty-four minutes for a message to … Continue reading Higher than the Heavens
Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?... Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.Job 11:7–9 Job confirms it. Not only is God's love wider than the sea, it is longer than the earth. I think this is what the Apostle Paul meant: … Continue reading Longer than the Earth
My favorite beach shot! Taken in 1997. I love everything about beaches. Even though as a child I grew up in the mountains of Papua New Guinea and played in streams and rivers, I was introduced to the ocean when first a missionary in Indonesia. Later I discovered other beauties such as St Lucia, Montenegro, … Continue reading Broader than the Sea
I started this study of Paul's prayer because I wanted to explore his description of Christ's love. Finally, I have reached it. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people (the saints), to grasp how wide and long and high and deep … Continue reading With All the Saints