Painting word pictures. That’s what writers do as they craft words to describe events, feelings, or objects. Christian writers cover many topics, but the gist of their message is that God loves us all.
I’m reminded of the hymn, “The Love of God,” written in 1917 by Frederick M. Lehman. George Beverly Shea of the Billy Graham Crusades sang it often. Lehman, the writer of the lyrics, begins this way:
The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell.
With the first line, he reminds us that preachers and writers over the centuries have attempted to describe the love of God. But, total understanding of that love is really beyond human description because God’s love can’t be measured or contained.
The refrain following each verse continues that thought:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure— The saints’ and angels’ song.
But, for writers, the third verse brings it home.
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.
As a writer, you might feel inadequate hearing this. You might think, “If it’s not possible to describe God’s love, why should I even try? There are many writers out there who write far better than I do.”
But, I don’t see it that way. I’m encouraged by Lehman’s chorus. We can all contribute words to the total picture. A painting is composed of many strokes of the brush. Some strokes are very small, and seemingly insignificant. Over the centuries, individual writers and preachers have contributed their words to paint the picture of God’s love. Each contribution, or brush stroke, is as unique as the person who contributed it. And, every stroke is needed to make the picture complete.
So—writers, preachers, musicians—don’t be discouraged. Keep contributing to the body of work that attempts to describe the love of God.
- Nothing can separate us from the love of God: Romans 8:38-39, NIV.
- God so loved the world: John 3:16, NIV.
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