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in process “We love because He first loved us”

By Glen Doss, Major

Tears well in my eyes, my voice begins to break,

while I assure the child, “I love you so much, honey.”

Twenty-five hundred miles separate me from her,

my 6-year-old granddaughter, silent on the line.

Then come the tender words: “I love you back, granddaddy.”

My entire body trembles as I wish the child goodbye.

 

“I love you so much, children,” the Lord reminds us all,

though isolated from us by an enormous span,

remuneration for self-centeredness and sin.

It strikes me I have pained him, cut him to the core,

in spite of all he’s done to hold me in his arms:

For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son.

From deep inside my gut wells up a mournful cry:

“Have mercy on me, Lord! Against you I have sinned!”

Falling on my knees, I plead with all sincerity:

“Please, Jesus, I repent. Make me obedient.”

Surrendering myself into his warm embrace,

I give up all I have: my sole right to myself.

 

If you draw near to God he will draw near to you.

 

Then a miracle! Cleansing grace washes over me!

Wide arms of love envelope me!

Truth lifts me up and carries me!

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up in honor.

 

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