Tuesday, December 16, 2008

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

What a day. I am ashamed to admit it, but I started this day at work the way I do too many-- frustrated at people slow on the uptake, driving for a finish line on business and not paying very much attention to who I have to run over to get to it.
Wretched man, that I am, who will save me from this body of death? But thanks be to God... for the one who came in and delivered us from a secret need; for the prayers that I can feel pouring over us as we all get more and more nervous, and try not to show it to each other.
And so I come to the end of this day with one prayer, one awesome vision that has never left me since I was changed 30 years ago: O, the deep, deep love of Jesus! Vast in measure, boundless, free-- rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me-- over Nell-- over the O'Neil family, Marlene's family-- over Oak Cliff-- Dallas-- the world.
Whether I ride the wave happily or unhappily, He carries all of us homeward. And as I ride the wave, I watch those dying on the banks, thinking that being dry is being safe, and my heart breaks for them. Wretched man that I am-- but I am a man. Take my life, and make it Yours, Lord! Fill me with Your love. You are all I need! I surrender all of me.

1 comment:

  1. Clay, you began this blog to publish an explanation for the hope that is within you. Anyone who knows you well and everyone who has ever heard you preach can see the hope that is within you! Because we know there is no such thing as a coincidence, with each entry that you post it becomes more clear why God chose this time in your life for this blog. He is using Nell's situation to remind us that His Love is as deep as the ocean and that as the waves crest, we will all be in His arms!

    Pat Clay