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February 23, 2015
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Back in the 1960s several versions of the Ashford/Simpson song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" were recorded. My favorite has always been the Diana Ross album version recorded in 1969, and released in 1970. After a long absence, I recently listened to it again, and found it oddly moving. The music is driving, broad, luxurious, and it is certainly possible for music alone to touch my soul. But this time it seemed that the lyrics were reaching into me, moving me even to tears. How in the world could it possibly be that the words of a forty-five-year-old teenage love song would move me so?
Then I realized what it was. Diana Ross may have been singing about human love ("If you should ever miss the arms / That used to hold you so close, or the lips / That used to touch you so tenderly"), but in much of the words my heart was hearing a song about the persistent devotion that exists between God the Father and His children...