Treasures Carrying Us
Ask a child to describe air. Ask a fish to describe water. These essential elements are pure gifts, vital carriers of life: air to us, water to fish. Awareness of these treasures is minimal until heightened by their absence. When we are deprived of air, life is extinguished. When fish find themselves out of the water, likewise. God’s Love gift to us, Jesus, is the Treasure, the Supplier of life, the Gift words fail in portraying. However, hymnwriter F.M. Lehman, made a valiant, poetic attempt: “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.” John, at the end of his gospel account said: “There are so many other things that (Love) said and did; and if these accounts were also written down, the books could not be contained in the entire cosmos.” To put a PD spin on Paul’s declaration: “Now to the God who is Love in so many awe-inspiring ways, immeasurable ways, ways greater than we ever could ask or imagine ...” It is this matchless, measureless, majestic Gift we can but receive, celebrate, worship.