When Addison was still in the belly, right around Christmas of 2009, we visited Midtown Fellowship where her Uncle Travis leads worship.
Uncle Travis pictured here hanging with Addy: (courtesy of Aunt Ashley)
This just so happened to be about the time that she was developing ears and starting to hear what was going on outside the womb. That night at Midtown Fellowship, we heard hundreds of people singing out Oh How He Loves Us....
And I stood there, listening, because I couldn't catch my breath to sing. Because I was sobbing at the thought of this child in my belly, hearing this music. These words. Oh how He loves us. And I began to pray then, that she would know 'how long and high and wide and deep is the love of Christ. And to know that love which surpasses knowledge, that she may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.' Eph. 3:17-19
When Addison was born, this song became our go-to lullaby, because 1) my repertoire was and is limited, and 2) because I want her to know.
As Easter approaches, for the first time, I'm thinking about it like a parent. It changes things a little bit. God sent His son. His precious only son. And I think about the line in that song that says, 'If His grace is an ocean, we're all sinking' and we are. We don't deserve it but He draws us to Himself and He wraps His love and grace around us, and says I accept you just as you are. I sent my precious son to redeem you from this sinful life because I want you too, as my child. And I love you. And I choose you.
Check out this video if you aren't familiar with this song. And if you are in the upstate of South Carolina looking for a place to find out more about Jesus, join me, at Renewal Church on Sunday.