God Loves You!

Dave Jones

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 8:38-39

God loves you and me!  It’s always hard to wrap our mind and heart around how much God loves us.  Bryan Chapel shares, “In the Grip of Grace”, an example of love that is helpful.

In August of 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 225 crashed just after taking off from the Detroit Airport, killing 155 people.  One survived; a four-year-old from Tempe, Arizona named Cecelia.

News accounts say that when rescuers found Cecelia, they did not believe she had been on the plane. Investigators first assumed Cecelia had been a passenger in one of the cars on the highway onto which the airliner crashed.  But when the passenger register for the flight was checked, there was Cecelia’s name.

Cecelia survived because, even as the plane was falling, Cecelia’s mother, Paula Chican, unbuckled her own seat belt, got down on her knees in front of her daughter, wrapped her arms and body around Cecelia, and then would not let her go.

Nothing could separate that child from her parent’s love, neither tragedy nor disaster, neither the fall nor the flames that followed, neither height nor depth, neither life nor death.

Such is the love of our Savior for us.  He left heaven, lowered Himself to us, and covered us with the sacrifice of His own body to save us.  So when our obligations seem overwhelming, when we feel the sharp pain of hurtful words, when our strength is failing and when we struggle with temptations, we can look forward to how God will eventually provide relief, comfort and ultimately a home with Him.

I Looked for Love

I looked for love in the red rose so small
I looked for love in the green tree so tall
But the red rose has its thorns
And the green tree was a cross
And my searching for love was a total loss

I looked for love in a friendly face so true
I looked for love in the creed I once knew
But my friend just called me friend
And he said I’m searching too
And  the creed only told me what I couldn’t do.

Then one day  I heard a story of love
Like I’ve never known how God gave His son
To save and wanted me for His own
His own, His very own.

And now I know what it means to belong
Not lost in the crowd swept along by the throng
But to Him Who gave His life
Every longing to fulfill and I know
That He loves me and He always will.

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