it never fails

Today I began my journey as a small group leader in the high school ministry at church.  I was nearly bursting with joy because I finally get to do what I have always wanted to do–work with teenagers.

My Monday-Friday job includes teaching high school students, but somehow Sunday morning is different.  I don’t have to make sure I meet the curriculum requirements, like I do during the week.  On Sunday I get to listen, teach, and share the amazing love of God.  No holds barred, the love of God that blew me away over 20 years ago and the love of God that blew me away only 20 minutes ago.

As we gathered in large group we sang a song that makes me put my arms up high, head tilted back, eyes closed–fully present and in the moment.   I love this song as it always reminds me that God will pursue me and has pursued me all of my life.

The first verse I memorized as a new Christian was Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I needed to know back then that Jesus wasn’t going to love me conditionally; based on my behavior, whether or not I got “good grades” in my life choices, whether I read my Bible that day, etc.  Those two verses told me that no matter what God would love me; even if I failed, He wouldn’t fail.

I don’t know about you, but I need to know that today.  And I will need to know that tomorrow too.  So be encouraged.

 

Your Love Never Fails ~~Jesus Culture

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

Chorus:
You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning

And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails

Verse 2:
The wind is strong and the water’s deep
But I’m not alone here in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide
I never thought I’d reach the other side
But Your love never fails

Bridge:
You make all things work together for my good

Amen and Amen!!

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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