God Is God

Not every post here will be so weighted toward “churchy” things, but we sang a hymn recently, a stanza of which got my attention.

For those who are open to the possibility/existence of a God of mercy and grace (and even for those who aren’t), here is stanza 3 of “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy,” written by Frederick W. Faber and set to a 19th century North American tune:

For the love of God is broader than the measures of our mind; and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind. But we make this love too narrow by false limits of our own;           and we magnify its strictness with a zeal God will not own.

The whole second sentence really stood out, especially the last phrase. A reminder, I guess, that we are good at interpreting things to suit our own purposes while ignoring the implications for our life together. We assume a role that’s not ours to play.

I remember a seminary classmate reminding us one day that “God is God and we are not.” Sometimes the best we can do is keep an open mind and “err” on the side of grace.

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