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Clergy View: No limit to God's love for us

Lt. Grant Holloway

This week, I was traveling up to Pequot Lakes for a meeting, and it was a day that snow was covering every corner of the area.

I find myself sometimes pulling over to take in the scenery, and the crisp fresh air this time of year. Ever since I can remember I have been curious about the world we live in. It is so unique, different and vast. It also still amazes me that there are parts of this planet that are to still be discovered. In this beautiful land of so many lakes, it's hard to not gaze and look at them, especially as the picturesque snow falls on them and creates the most beautiful winter wonderland landscape. If you think about it, some of these lakes are quite large, and the amount of water that each of these lakes holds is mind-boggling.

As I think about this, I'm instantly reminded of a hymn from our tradition, written by the founder of The Salvation Army William Booth. He penned these words in the 1800s and they are just as relevant today. He wrote, "O Boundless Salvation, deep ocean of love, the fullness of mercy, Christ brought from above, the whole world redeeming, so rich and so free, now flowing for all men, come, roll over me!" I'm also reminded of the Paul's letter to the Ephesians where he writes his desire for them to know "How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ."

This Thanksgiving season, it's easy to thank God for a roof over my head, my wife, our dog Harvey, warmth at night, food on our table, family and friends that surround us, and the list can go on and on and on. But I was struck and reminded this week as I was gazing at the vastness of our lakes, of the unending, marvelous, ginormous, and complete love that God has for me and for you. And if our minds cannot even comprehend the depths of the waters around us, we cannot truly put a limit on the love that God has for you and for me. In this moment, I just had to take a moment and just thank God for being God and for loving me without any reservation.

I hope that in this season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, in the midst of everything that happens, we remember God's unending and complete forgiveness and love that He has given each and every one of us. May God Bless you and your family this season with His unfailing love and mercy.

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