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The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters). Depending on which version of events you subscribe to this massive chasm took around nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history to form.

The Grand Canyon formed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists,recent evidence suggests that the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day configuration.

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Two days ago I visited the Grand Canyon. It was an awe-inspiring experience and something that I can’t really put into words. Many people who visit struggle to comprehend the vastness, the depths, and the lengths of this canyon. There is nothing to compare this to here on earth.

In the bigness of the Grand Canyon some things become lost, and some things become clear. I sometimes struggle with Gods love and the bigness of this and find it difficult

. . . to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
– Ephesians 3:18

After visiting the Grand Canyon, my perspective on this has changed possibly forever. I think I now have a new appreciation of this love, this big, wide, deep love that God has for us. The challenge for me and us though is what will we do with this. Will we let it transform us, redeem us, restore us, or will we just let it flow around and over us. All of this is good, but what will move us from good to grand?

18 Miles Wide

Behind the mists of time
We walk through canyons unseen
Betrayed by beauty
Eclipsed by history

Do we get wet or
Do we feel the rain?
Does disappointment
Cast its veil one more time?

Do we walk or
Do we feel the red earth?
Giving off heat as it
Beats the forgotten clouds

Then the Ancient of Days
Moves the clouds and
Once more breaks through
Illuminating the canvass

The restoration of all things
The grand redemption of the land
Set free, set apart, and we respond
With awe and wonder

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For three very long days now, I have had that old Bee Gees song – How Deep is Your Love going round and round my head and I just can’t get rid of it. Hopefully writing about it here will get it off my mind. The left side of my face is really starting to ache after repeatedly having to make the necessary facial expression to hit those classic falsetto notes. I really don’t know how they sing that high, it’s just – well – unnatural. 

So I’ll admit it, I like the occasional Bee Gees song.  Actually, just between you and me,  I really like their music.  You know, in the same way your friends really like ABBA music but they will never tell you. It’s OK if you like ABBA and the Bee Gees too. People just should come out and be honest about their muscial proclivities.

How Deep Is Your Love was recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977  (when I was seven). It was made famous as part of the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta – the man in the white tuxedo.  In the United States this song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on 24 December 1977  and stayed in the Top 10 for a then-record 17 weeks.

One of the verses of this song really speaks to me about my deep love for God and how often that I don’t show it to him or others.  It’s so easy to forget that maybe one of the reasons that God made us was to love him, and to have an intimate relationship with him.  I think that’s what God would want, and he would want us to say something like this:

I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest, darkest hour
You’re my saviour when I fall
And you may not think I care for you
When you know down inside
That I really do

God’s love for us is so very deep.  He loves us in a way that is so immense, so unconditional, and with no strings attached.  I know that he loves me in spite of and because of myself, just because he made me and he doesn’t make junk.  I love that about God. Perhaps that’s why God is love. 

The familiar song that has been in my head for three days is still there but now it sounds so different.

Here’s my attempt to reflect on how deep God’s love really is.  I know I’ve only just scratched the surface.  What will your reflection be?

Deep Love

Long is the reach of your arm
As You hold out your hands from above
As I grasp your hands to pull me up
I recall the great length of your love

Deep is the well of your concern
As it fills from the rivers in flood
As I drink from your living water
I recall the great depth of your love

Wide is your circle of influence
Like a king with a crown and a robe
As I submit my life to your will
I recall the great width of your love

You took the sins of the world
Upon your shoulders so broad
How wide, how long, how high and how deep
Is your love –  my living Lord.

How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ
~ Ephesians 3:18

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