Stuck on God’s love

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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.

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2 Responses to Stuck on God’s love

  1. John A Fagliano says:

    I’m not sure if I should admit this publicly, but I love that Petula Clark song. Without knowing it I guess, you referenced 2 other old songs: “How Deep is your Love” and “Just the Way You are”. Not a problem for me. I love old junk like that. And yes, these songs do make me think of God’s Love.

  2. DB says:

    In his January 22, 2006 sermon based on Coldplay’s music, Pastor Albert Chu [The Tapestry Church, Richmond B.C.] said that as one listens to Coldplay’s Yellow, “…imagine it’s a love song, not a love song written by us to God, but just imagine that it is a love song written by God to us.

    ‘Look at the stars/Look how they shine for you/And all the things that you do.’

    [Chu: “These are the words of God who created the stars and the world for us.”]

    ‘I swam across/ I swam across…’

    Chu: “These are the words of Jesus who left the comforts of heaven and swam across the great divide to come to us.”

    ‘Your skin and bones/Turn into something beautiful …
    And you know for you, I’d bleed myself dry’

    Chu: “And these are the words of Jesus who bled himself dry on the cross to turn us into something beautiful.”

    The sermon used to be online, but was removed when thetapestry.ca website was revamped. I have an mp3 of the sermon if anyone is interested in hearing it.

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