Saturday, February 4, 2012

Romantic at Heart

I enjoy a good love story with a happy ending.

Some people discredit such tales as unrealistic and irrational. But I’m not talking about ruffles and lace and hearts and flowers and chick-flick movies (though sometimes I like those things too). I’m talking about love and happy endings.

A crusty old fisherman said God is love. He said God was so good at loving that he gave his best gift to those who didn’t deserve it. That doesn’t sound like ruffles and lace to me.

An unknown singer of songs said pretty much the same thing.

“…the earth is full of his unfailing love … ” —Psalm 33:5 (NIV)

I think the God of unfailing love had a happy ending in mind. Otherwise, there would be no eternal home awaiting us, there would be no new heaven and earth, and Jesus would not have said, “I want you to be with Me forever.”

He would not have died.

The Great Author added a surprise twist to his love story: a never-ending. You can read more about it in Psalm 136.

In fact, if you read one verse from that Psalm each day of this month, you'll see there are nearly enough to go around. A lover of love stories might do that, and find that the Great Author was trying to make a point. Twenty-six times.

I’d call that a good love story with a happy ending.

Wouldn’t you?

Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
—Psalm 23:6 (NIV)

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