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I have a confession to make: I am a Christian music nerd. There. I said it. I grew up in Dallas, Texas with a bunch of other Christian music nerds. While many teenagers were drag racing, going to movies or parking, my friends and I were going to Christian music concerts. We would get there super early to ensure that we were on the front row. We would beg the guitar players for picks and the drummers for sticks. Then we’d stalk the band after the concert for autographs on those sticks and picks. Yes, we were groupies.
While I have grown up, in that I have had several birthdays since then, I’m still a Christian music nerd. I still follow my favorite bands and, when possible, I still go to the concerts. One of my favorite new bands is an independent band from Manhattan, Kansas known as Cloverton. If you haven’t heard them, you need to check them out! Anyway, they recently released a new album with a song that has significantly impacted my Christian walk. The title of the song is “The Father’s Love” which is based on the Apostle Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 3:18, “[that you] may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” This song is a strong reminder to me that, regardless of the chaos in the world around me, regardless of the conflicts in our community, and even regardless of my own insecurities and failures, God’s love remains!
Not only does His love remain, its scope is incomprehensible! Paul is praying that we will get a glimpse of how expansive God’s love is through Jesus. His love is so vast, that no amount of wrong on our part can separate us from it! There is no place that we can go where His love cannot reach us! There is no depth that we can fall where Christ’s love cannot descend to us!
No matter where we are or what we’ve done, God’s love is available to us through faith in Jesus. What a supremely comforting thought! It is a thought that continues to permeate my mind and heart as I cannot help but play that song over and over again.
If you don’t have the album and can’t listen to this song, just turn to Ephesians 3:14-21 to be reminded of God’s immense love available through Jesus His Son. I, like Paul, pray that you will be able to experience “how wide and long and high and deep” the love of God truly is.
(Josh Hildebrand is the pastor at Sherman Baptist Church in Dry Ridge. He can be reached at 859-428-2695 or by visiting the website at www.shermanbaptist.org)