How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
by Gerard Su
“How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure,
How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the chosen One, bring many sons to glory.”
10 grams! 10 grams had never felt heavier. It was the first piece of good news I received from the nurses amidst the multiple beeping monitors, breathing tube and IV lines connected to him. Jerome had gained 10 grams!
As many of you know, I have recently become a Daddy to my newborn twins, Jerome and Jaslyn. The journey from their conception to their delivery has been filled with ups and downs for my wife, Judith and me. And just when we thought we had almost made it to the finishing line, we were both propelled into this next phase as parents of premature babies.
The past two months have been arduous, comprising of daily trips to the hospital and countless sleepless nights. But these 8 weeks have also taught me to trust in God’s perfect plan more and more. As I look back on their slow but steady progress – their almost insignificant weight gains, their minuscule increments in milk feeds, their reduced dependence on the ventilator; I can imagine God feeling the same way I feel when I see my twins overcoming the odds stacked against them. Can you imagine God feeling overjoyed when He sees His children desiring to walk closer with Him, reading and obeying His word more and more, conforming lesser and lesser to the world?
But as I recount Jerome’s and Jaslyn’s triumphs, I also recall their struggles – their occasional labored breathing and desaturation of oxygen, their persistent regurgitation from not tolerating the milk feeds, moments where I sat next to their incubator crying and feeling helpless, because as much as I loved my babies, there was absolutely nothing I could do to help them, there was nothing I could do to get them out of the ICU. I’m sure God feels the same way whenever we choose to listen to the world rather than listen to His word, whenever we choose to satisfy our own sinful desires rather than seek His will. But unlike me, God was not helpless. God loved the world He created, and because of His love for us, He did the unimaginable. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from our sin.
And so this Easter, as we gather to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, I simply urge all of us to remember how Christ sacrificed his life on the cross because of God’s love for us – His unimaginable and immeasurable love. I leave you with the words of Frederick Lehman, who penned these lyrics:
Could we with ink the ocean fill, or 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
Not could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky
♥ Jerome & Jaslyn wishes everyone at LPPC a blessed Easter Sunday! ♥