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01 April 2011

Slovakia Trip (A Prelude: The Love of God)

At this moment, I sit at gate A41 awaiting my flight from Denver to Toronto. Free wi-fi is a blessing! Within twenty-four hours, I should be arriving in Vienna. After an hour drive, I will reach my destination for the week and future residence: Bratislava, Slovakia. It's only through the generosity of TWR Europe and my financial supporters that I have the privilege to attend this year's Annual Partner Conference! I am blessed and looking forward to a productive week.

Upon my return, I will give a brief overview of the trip along with some photos and videos. However, I just wanted to jot some stuff down before heading out. This week, I had some incredible reminders of the relentless love of God.

Through one of my jobs, I made the acquaintance of a Christian man in his 50s. We got to talking about our families one day, and I could sense some pain in his voice as he mentioned his children. He opened up and told me about his daughter that is my age. She was an incredibly gifted and kind-hearted girl, but four or five years ago, she got involved with the wrong crowd. She got into drugs and eventually was addicted to meth. She began to distance herself from the family, and then they stopped hearing from her altogether. It has now been four years that they haven't heard from her. They have an investigator, but they don't even know if she is alive. He told me this as he fought to hold back tears.

However, I couldn't help my eyes from watering as all I could think about was the story of the Prodigal Son. If his daughter ever comes back to him, do you think he would scold her? Would he tell her that she was an unloving daughter for rejecting family values and living this lifestyle? Would he turn his back on her the way she turned her back on them? Not a chance. He would wrap his arms around his precious daughter as tears flowed freely and his heart rejoiced. This is the love of God! It is relentless, consistent, never-ending, and freely ours! I recently read the book The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. I don't know what your thoughts on the book are, but he gives some beautiful descriptions on the love of our Father. His favorite verse in the Bible is Luke 15:20: "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him."

I keep listening to one album over and over. It is "Take the World, But Give Me Jesus" by Ascend the Hill. They do some incredible renditions of hymns. One hymn they do is "The Love of God." These lyrics always blow my mind:

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Thank you so much for your love for me and interest in my life. Be blessed!


  1. I like that song as well Paul! :)

  2. love it. praying for ya paul!

  3. Such a good reminder of the love of our Father. Enjoy your time over there, Paul. I hope you fall in love with the people and that country as I once did. Praying...