Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ephesians, Epidermis, and Eternal Love

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

 My two-and-a-half-year-old, Jack, can officially sing “You Are My Sunshine” in its entirety.  When we make it a duet and get to the line, “You’ll never know, Dear, how much I love you,” I often tear up. He really can never know. Even when they look into the eyes of their own children some day, my boys will not truly recognize how much they are my heart.
Sermon after Bible class after devotional group has talked about the link of our love for our children and God’s love for us. I’ve heard it, and I do admit that having my own children and experiencing the power of this parent adoration first-hand has redefined, for me, love in general. But sometimes I feel I should change the song lyric to “Jesus loves me—this I forget.”

And then I Google searched “Verse of the Day” for some inspiration and came across Ephesians 3:17—19 on

Why do I forget His love for me? Because it surpasses knowledge.

I cannot fathom biology, so I chose to forget about how I have veins and bones and organs. What I see (skin, nails, freckles) is what I think of more often. Even then, my knowledge of the epidermis goes little beyond knowing the word “epidermis.”

God’s love is wide, long, high, deep. Knowing it, even a little, can “fill us to the measure of all fullness.” Just a little of God’s love goes a long way. And God isn’t singing, “You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you;” He’s saying, “One day, Jessa, I’ll hold you, and you’ll know. You'll know.”

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  1. Oh, I'm so glad we were neighbors over at Theresa's Thankful Thursday. I needed your words today. Beautiful. Thank you. (I'm going to share them)

    All for Him,

    1. Thank YOU for the encouragement and sharing!

  2. I've been singing that song to my son since he was born. It gets me as well to think about how he will never know how much I love him. Ever more so, I cannot fathom how much God loves me. But what a blessing that one day in heaven we will see him face to face and know!

    Mary Beth

    1. Thanks for the comments, Mary Beth!

  3. I love that verse. thanks for sharing the sweet reminder of God's big love :)