I want to love you more than anything in the whole world–
more than the moon and the stars
over the ocean at night,
or the beautiful mountain-tops streamed in sunlight.
I want to love you more than the flower gardens
and the summer rain,
more than the thrill of travel
and the depth of pain.
I want to love you as high as the sky can reach
and deeper than the earth’s deepest beach,
far beyond the circumference of the world,
and timeless, as this galaxy’s worth.
But sometimes– I don’t love you at all.
And I put off thanking you, for forgiving me.
And sometimes none of my words make sense–
when that’s all I feel I have to offer or pay with.
But the price is so high and my words are so limited.
And I want to give to you,
but there’s nothing I can do or say for this,
because it is Your love alone that can reach me.
It is Your love alone that can keep me.
And if I want to love You
more than anything in the whole world,
I need only Your love.
For You are love itself.
1 John 4:8