Words from the Heart for Friday July 26th, 2019

Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

Song of Songs 8:7 (NIV)

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Unquenchable Love

A fire in a large pile of scrap rubber tires, located near the town of Saint Amable, Quebec, started on the afternoon of May 16, 1990. The scrap tire yard is less than a kilometre from the town on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River. The column of black smoke from the fire was visible from the metropolitan area of Montreal, 40 km away. The Saint Amable fire was the second major tire fire to occur in Canada in four months. A fire in Hagersville, Ontario burned for 17 days in February of that year. They both seemed unquenchable.

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There is no force on earth more powerful than love. I travel a lot and am away from my wife and family far more than I like. So, a quote I heard some time back has particular meaning to me. It says, “Distance is to love what wind is to fire. It snuffs out the weak but fans the strong.” Love has driven people to accomplish superhuman feats and acts of mercy that have transformed lives and communities. The Bible speaks of the power of love this way in Song of Songs 8:7, “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.” Love is at the heart of the Christian faith. “For God so loved the world” are the six words that brought Jesus to earth and to the cross. The two greatest commandments are to love God completely and love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Nothing can quench the love of God for us, and nothing can sweep it away. How are you expressing His love to others today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley