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“His Love Endures Forever”

I was recently reading Psalm 136 and – not for the first time – thought that it is repetitious (it is) and seemingly a bit boring. Each of the 26 verses has the very same response: “His love endures forever” (NIV).

Perhaps from shame at not so clearly seeing the truth of God’s love for me in these repetitious words, I was reminded of the instruction from 2 Tim 3:16-17: “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us” (The Message).

So, if God is teaching in Ps. 136, and if I take the time to pay attention, then what might I learn? As I meditated on the Psalm, a few thoughts came to me. God’s love is pervasive, persistent and permanent.

Looking back on my life’s circumstances, no matter how challenging, painful or seemingly hopeless, I found the Lord to be there when I looked – and even when I didn’t. He never takes a day off. His love is pervasive in all circumstances. His love endures forever.

Looking past my own life, the entire Word of God from Genesis to Revelation is replete with the same story of man turning away, suffering consequences, and then God in His mercy reaching out to restore and redeem us. He is persistent. His love endures forever.

Finally, and most importantly, his love extends far beyond our earthly circumstances. In Jesus, through his life, death and resurrection, his love is permanent, extending to eternity. His love endures forever.

Apparently, it takes repetition for me to more fully appreciate God’s truths. Thankfully, “His love endures forever.

Alan Clark

Senior Warden

P.S. from Fr. Travis: Alan’s wonderful words resonate with this week’s call to Ready Our Hearts. Read more in the Transition Corner below, and be sure and give attention to the rest of the Announcements as well. Remember that immediately following this week’s service we are holding a Parish Meeting regarding our imminent move into the Mission Outpost. For more details, see the Special Announcement that went out Wednesday.


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