By Julie Gernand
“Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong!”
-Anna Bartlett Warner
It is amazing what changes a new baby brings. Starting from the moment when my brother-in-law and sister-in-law found out they were pregnant, there has been a hopeful, joyous feeling in the air. Excitement built during giddy baby showers and after each update that the baby was growing strong. Relatives have flown in from across the country to meet this brand-new person. Why? Because birth is nothing short of a miracle.
Think about it. By the grace of God, two people are able to produce another human life. A heart-thumping, brain-waving, crying, laughing, human life. Incredible!
I think of all the love I have for my nieces and nephews, and all the love their parents have for them. I think of the wonderful gift of love my parents have for me. The love between a parent and a child is so very powerful.
And just how much greater is our Father’s love for us?
I love the verses of the following hymn:
How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Though it may appear cliche, think about the following concepts with me for a moment. Think of all the billions of people on our planet. Think about how many people have lived and died on our planet since Creation. Each detail of our lives, including the number of hairs on our heads, has been known by the Lord since before we were born. And with each new birth, the Father has rejoiced in what he has created.
The love that He has for each one of us individually is wider, deeper, and stronger than any type of love we can experience here on Earth. What a miraculous, comforting thing!
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid;
you are worth more than many sparrows!
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be
filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
(Ephesians 3: 17-19)
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
I don’t know about you, but in the winter months, I can always use an extra reminder of God’s love for me. Though the skies may be gray and the temperatures cold, God’s love never stops shining through for us. What a deep comfort it is to know that there is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less. He sent His son Jesus to die for us - the broken, sinful beings that we are. This deeply sacrificial act of love is truly more than we can ever comprehend!
Below is a song by one of my favorite artists, Dave Barnes, that he wrote shortly after his son was born. Listen to it today, and remember that just as we have love for earthly children, how much more does our God lavishly adore us!
Dear Jesus, Thank you for your love. We will never fully understand just why and how you love us so. I pray that you remind us that we can find unconditional love in your arms. You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you for this gift, Jesus.
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