"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling," ELW 631, verses 2-4
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav'n, to earth come down!
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter ev'ry trembling heart.
Breathe, oh, breathe thy loving Spirit
into ev'ry troubled breast;
let us all in thee inherit;
let us find thy promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.
Come, Almighty, to deliver;
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.
Finish then thy new creation,
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee!
Changed from glory into glory,
till in heav'n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise!
What is it like to be lost in the wonder of Jesus? I love eccentric types because they seem to be lost more often than not in their own passions and tend not to care about anything else besides their current curiosity.
The Bible is filled with eccentric types--people who are lost in living and lost in the wonder of God. Take time to get lost in the Alpha and the Omega, the Chi and the Rho and the word made flesh. Spend time in scripture, prayer and service. In 1945, right before Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged at Flossenburg, Germany, his last words were, "This is the end--for me, the beginning of life."
Take this Sunday to try to lose yourself in wonder, love and praise of Jesus.
O God, help us to get lost in your love, peace and beauty. Help us recognize Jesus in our world and share this gift of pure love with others. Amen.