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A Heart of Love

When I think of the wisdom and scope of his plan I fall down on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God - some of them already in heaven and some down here on earth - that out of his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you the mighty inner strengthening of his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God's children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God himself.

Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3: 14-21 (TLB)

Bernadette Butler lives in Ohio. One morning the Holy Spirit taught her a lesson about the love of Christ through her son Melvin. Melvin has autism. He is 44 years old now, and what a journey they have had!

Two weeks ago Melvin said to his mom, "I would like to talk with my dad before he dies." Stunned by his request, Bernadette didn't know how to reply. His dad had never accepted him, and in his disappointment had withdrawn himself from Melvin. Though Melvin has not seen his dad for many years, he loves him. His heart remembers his dad, and he wants to see him.

Others may turn their backs on us, but Christ turns toward us with love. We may forget Christ, but Christ remembers us. When we are lost, Christ finds us. When we are in trouble, Christ rescues us.

This steadfast love is what the apostate Paul, in the verse quoted above, (verses 17-19) prayed for us to know - a love that can fill us with all the fullness of God!

Prayer: Dear loving Father, teach our hearts to know the unconditional love of Christ Jesus and to let that love overflow toward others, in Jesus' name. Amen

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