Lately I have been meditating on the words of this poem written by the Calvinist turned Roman Catholic, Frederick William Faber, 1862.

If you have ever suffered under the teaching that the American form of Liberty is the greatest form of good; then this poem is for you.

If you have ever struggled with pain and believed that this life was all there is; then this poem is for you.

If you have ever been disappointed in God, thinking your mind has reached the limits of God; then this poem is for you.

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
like the wideness of the sea;
there’s a kindness in his justice,
which is more than liberty.

There is welcome for the sinner,
and more graces for the good;
there is mercy with the Savior;
there is healing in his blood.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows
are more felt than in heaven;
there is no place where earth’s failings
have such kind judgment given.

There is plentiful redemption
in the blood that has been shed;
there is joy for all the members
in the sorrows of the Head.

For the love of God is broader
than the measure of man’s mind;
and the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more faithful,
we should take him at his word;

and our life would be thanksgiving
for the goodness of the Lord.
and our life would be thanksgiving
for the goodness of the Lord.

Dr. Joe Miller (aka JR) is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. In addition, he is a church planter and coach for emerging leaders. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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