Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ode to "Din Din"

Church this morning was SO good!  One of our godly young men prayed during our prayer time and got my waterworks going (I'm so thankful for all the young couples in our church!!)  Then Randy (our song leader) had us sing this song...

The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.


O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.


Then, when we got to the last verse Randy told how it was not part of the original song, but it was added later.  The words had been found penciled on a wall of a patient's room in an insane asylum after he had died.  (Randy added "sounds to me like they had the wrong people locked up"! Ha!)  Just read these words:

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.


We finished our song service with "Days of Elijah"... now if that doesn't get you excited, well, I don't know what to tell you!

Steve's sermon was on how our choices matter... and he used King Saul as his example... a great King, led by God, that eventually distanced himself from the love of God and, well, let's just say his story doesn't end very well.   Sure makes me think of how the little decisions, daily made, add up to a lifetime of either blessing or curse.  It's up to us!

On another note... today is my brother Dennis' birthday!  Dennis is child #5 and is the second boy.  He is the sibling just above me... two years older.  He was the cutest little feller!

Goulet family 1973 Dennis



Dennis with my oldest sister Cathy's kids.

Dennis and Cathys kids July 91 

Happy Birthday, Din Din!!


Kelly said...

OH I love a good church service! I cry EVERY single Sunday anymore. (I have GOT to start carrying kleenex)! It's hard not to when you really think about the words of the songs you are singing and sing them to God. I love "Days of Elijah" - we have started singing that a lot too!

His Doorkeeper said...

Boy, I shed a tear or two when Bryan prayed today! You can just feel God working in his life, can't you? And then our tonight's study of Beth Moore's "Believeing God" went right along with the sermon this morning. Good day at church, thank you Lord!!

Becky said...

I've always been a bawl bag at church. The music and singing is what really gets me going. This gentleman that used to go to church with us always said "Becky reminds me of a water faucet. She starts out slows and opens up full force". And that's ok. I'm moved very easily. Happy Birthday to Din!

The Garners said...

I think that is such a WONDERFUL song, I especially love the last verse (it gives me chills every time).