Thursday, May 8, 2008

How Deep is the Love of Christ?

Eph. 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church, which is us, and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Anytime you have the opportunity to play golf, with the possibility of moving up to the next level, it's a good day. When you have that kind of a day, and are able to skip class, it's even better. Though, that doesn't mean that you don't have to do well on your next class assignments.

Grant had one of those great days yesterday.

Teresa and I left home in the heavy mist and 46 degrees. Is it really May? I actually took my snow coat so I could put the hood on and not get so wet. T. and I had a nice visit, catching up on what's going on with the kids. There's been a lot happening around us. I like it that way. We talked about Grant's 18th BD this coming Saturday and what we're going to do, about the fire station visit and about how we miss seeing Kimmy everyday. The kids are doing well. I think we are all becoming closer friends. This is the time that parents wait, long and pray for. Friends with your kids. SWEET.

Anyway, we drove up to Burlington and then over HWY 20 and as soon as we got on the island the weather turned sunny and stayed that way the entire time we were there. It was a little windy, not too bad. Sun has been a little scarce around here since, oh, maybe September.

Some of the drive time was spent talking to a couple of guys from the Everett Herald, one a photographer and the other a sports writer.

The photographer, Michael O'Leary, met us at the course. It took us a little while to find Grant on the course, but we caught up to him. Michael walked with us for 6-8 holes and we visited as he took pictures of Grant golfing. I don't think it bothered Grant too much, but he did take a lot of pictures. Grant is a pretty calm "celebrity".
Michael left and Grant continued his round. Shaking our heads in amazement we walked and watched him make his way around the course, 6-1/2 weeks ago he was dead and here he is playing golf for a spot in the state golf tournament. God is Good.

The course is nice, a little hilly and right on the naval base. Planes are taking off and landing, so it can be pretty loud. I'm a guy and I like noisy airplanes. You can just hear the power. Tim, "The Toolman", Taylor would have enjoyed this day:)

As we made the turn at 10 I could see Grant was getting tired. He's not used to playing 18 holes and when it's a little hilly that just increases the fatigue. He didn't play as well as he would have liked, but that's golf and most of the time we don't. That's what keeps us coming back. He didn't qualify for state this year, but he was playing golf, instead of being in the classroom.

After the match we went out to dinner with the team and met the sports reporter, John Boyle. We had a nice talk and he asked us a lot of questions about Grant's event. I'm not sure when the story will run in the paper, but before it does I will post the time, so those who want to read it are able.

Overall, what a great day. God is good to let us spend the day out in the sunshine, watching the "miracle boy/man" play the game he really enjoys and be together.

We have much to be thankful for, and God is the giver of all the good gifts we have. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow". It seems as if the fountain it overflowing onto us.

This song is obviously from the Ephesians text and it is a reminder of the love of Christ to us and the cost of that love.

How Deep is the Love of Christ,
Wes King

Incomparable kindness to less than the least
To the broken, the battered, and weak
To all who are hungry there comes a call
To be filled with the fullness of God
It's beyond all you can see
Farther than you'd believe
It's a mystery
My prayer for you is that you would know

How wide, and how long, and how high, how deep is the love
How deep is the love of Christ

The width of two arms outstretched on a tree
The length of the road to Calvary
The height of the crown on a cruel cross
The depth of the pain is the cost
All for you, all for me
All for love did He bleed
All to set us free
My prayer for you is that you would know

How wide, and how long, and how high, how deep is the love
How deep is the love of Christ

Thanks for your prayers and friendship,

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