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How Wide is God’s Love?


Good Friday Morning!

It’s been a long week here in Hutchland, with days stretching into the wee hours of the morning; and I have 5 Minutes to tell you about it!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on:::


I saw the topic and this immediately came to mind, considering this weeks event!

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” ~ Ephesians 3:16-19


 Tuesday evening a freight train ran through my yard at 9:30 pm … literally minutes after our bible study guest left our home. It was a TORNADO! In New Jersey! REALLY!

The Hubs and I were straightening up and he was about to head back out to work … OT! 🙂
Then this tremendous noise and wind and the curtains violently sucked out and then back in with a snap and a muted crash or boom was heard as our home (1800s Victorian Farm House) shifted west and back east again and settled back! Literally 5 minutes! 😀

The Hubs and I looked at one another and said What The …

Upon looking out from the porch I informed the Hubs that branches were down and maybe he should check before he left, so he did and …

Our 60″, 88′ around the base, 100+ year old Swamp Maple had been uprooted and had hit our home!!! REALLY!?!

And then the week continued …

You can see how wide the top branches are from the ground to above the roof of my 2 story home!

You can wonder how wide spread the damages were!

But your best guess would be wrong!

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—”

Today I can tell you that I have a minute grasp on how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Now I don’t pretend to know why this happened. Some would ask why God would allow this. Others would say that He allowed it to happen for a reason, to change things. Still others would say things just happen, for no understandable reason!

I say … this happened and what I learned were these things (and they will not soon be forgotten!):

*God is always with us! (Minimal damage to the house,considering, and no one hurt and repair is already in motion!)

*His love for us is the biggest, most unfathomable thing we can contemplate!

*And ALL situations can be used for blessing! (We were able to bless a family we know with firewood to heat their home for the coming winter!)

Wide … Yes … God and all his purposes and plans for us are WIDE! As in from the EAST to the WEST!


* Forgive me 😉 I did go over the 5 minutes a bit. Blessings everyone! … there are always blessings, in all things.

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

7 thoughts on “How Wide is God’s Love?

  1. You are absolutely right: there is a blessing in everything! I’m so glad that no one was hurt in the tornado. I love your take on Wide!

  2. we live in an area where there are lots of storms and tornadoes. we don’t plant maples here much…except for the small japanese ones. do you know why? they have shallow roots. for the size of their trees, they put down shallow roots. they don’t hold up to these storms. thought you might find it interesting:) great story. glad you didn’t have more damage.

  3. Praise the Lord there was minimal damage. You know, I believe that God allows these things to happen to build our trust in Him. When we see how He protected us and how He helps us overcome the trials we go through, we have more faith for when the next trial comes.

    Isn’t it awesome how several thought of this scripture for this word? It’s truly a great scripture for the word, WIDE.

  4. Holy cow! I am so glad no one was hurt and I love how you found beauty through the experience. Blessings to you.

  5. thank you

  6. Oh my goodness!!
    Glad there was minimal damage to your home.
    That is… CRAZY though!!

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