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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oh the deep, deep love...

Mike has been rehearsing with our choir at church for the upcoming Christmas program for some weeks now.  Rather than purchase an already put together musical or contada, he chose to put his own together.  Another gentleman from our church has written the drama to accompany the musical pieces

I usually sing in the choir, but for this year I have sat out due to needing to be available for JennaBeth.  So, I have had the awesome opportunity of sitting back and observing choir practice each Sunday afternoon.  I can't tell you the blessing this has been!  Not just because he's my husband (although I do think he's pretty smart when it comes to these kinds of things!), I believe this is going to be one of the best if not the best Christmas programs I have witnessed in some time!


He's not using all the traditional Christmas songs or hymns you might expect to hear in a program like this.  Often the baby Jesus is focused on at Christmas and we forget to think enough about why He came.  Mike and Steve, I think, have done an awesome job of presenting a very clear picture of why Jesus came in "Grace Became Amazing:  From a Blue Christmas to a True Christmas".

One of the songs in the program is "Oh the Deep, Deep Love".  Here are the lyrics:

 
 Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me
Is the current of Your love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To Your glorious rest above
       
Oh the deep, deep love
All I need and trust
Is the deep, deep love of Jesus


 Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Spread His praise from shore to shore
How He came to pay our ransom
Through the saving cross He bore
How He watches o’er His loved ones
Those He died to make His own
How for them He’s interceding
Pleading now before the throne

 Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Far surpassing all the rest
It’s an ocean full of blessing
In the midst of every test
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Mighty Savior, precious Friend
You will bring us home to glory
Where Your love will never end

Original Words by Samuel Trevor Francis (1834-1925). Music, chorus, and alternate words by Bob Kauflin. © 2008 

I hope you soaked in those lyrics.

Every time the choir practices this song, I cry like a baby!  I had to get up this past Sunday afternoon and wipe the tears that were streaming down my face!  I know they all think I've lost it!  But that's the thing, I haven't lost it!  I've found it!!  I have found the deep, deep love of Jesus and sometimes it absolutely overwhelms me.

I have learned, and am learning that there is nothing sweeter, nothing more satisfying or secure than trusting in Jesus.  In His abundant grace, Jesus has overwhelmed me with His love in recent days.  I am learning all over again what it means to trust in Him alone and rest in His deep, deep love regarding some "stuff".  

My prayer is that if you've come across this blog post today and you need to  know or be reminded of the Lord's deep, deep love for you that you will.  Ask Him to overwhelm you with His love today!

"For this reason I kneel before the Father,
from whom His whole family in heaven
and on earth derives its name.
I pray that out of His glorious riches
He may strengthen you with power
through His Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts
through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established
in love,
may have power, together with all the saints,
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 3:14-19

Counting it all Joy,
Jennifer  

1 comments:

Adventure Mom Janna said...

So glad I read this! I'm worshipping with you! I enjoy singing in choir too but took time off for my daughter.

So glad you are enjoying the true riches of this season! and I love how you said you haven't lost it you've found it!