My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine
Softer than a sigh
My love is deeper than the deepest ocean
Wider than the sky
My love is brighter than the brightest star
That shines every night above
And there is nothing in this world
That can ever change my love
Written by Tony Hatch
Sung by Petula Clark, 1965
You’re gonna hate me, but misery loves company and I relish the fact that I can now torture many of you with this song giving you at least a day, maybe more, where you cannot get it out of your head. Our washer broke down, and the guy at the laundromat plays mostly oldies. That’s how I got started. I’m on Day 3 now.
The first day, my words were all mixed up. For a while there, my love was deeper than the brightest star and softer than the sky, until I had to look up the lyrics, so I could at least have them straight as the song played on mercilessly in my head. If you really want to torture yourself, you can click here for a YouTube video of Pet Clark on a television lip sync version.
So what do you do when this happens? Well I found out I could turn it into a worship moment, and imagine the words were from God. After all, Paul prayed that we might “have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is” (Ephesians 3:18). That’s pretty close to the deepest ocean and widest sky.
But the best part by far is the last line: “And there is nothing in this world that can ever change [His] love.” That would be Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God’s loves you the way you are, and nothing is ever going to change that. You are loved, wanted and planned for from the dawn of time, and your place in God’s family is sealed for all time and eternity. If you can let those thoughts rule in your mind, and this song helps that along, who knows, I might just be doing you a favor here.