How Deep Indeed!


How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I knoww that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

[Words and music by Stuart Townsend]

A Letter From Todd

I just received this from my friend, Todd MacDonald, who many of you know (and have been praying for) has been undergoing treatment for incurable mesothelioma in his abdomen.  Did I mention it’s incurable?

Todd MacDonaldHello everyone,

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come
to an end” (Lamentations 3:22).

I received some very good news this morning! My second surgery has
been postponed indefinitely. While this morning’s CT scan did reveal
the smallest bit of residual cancer in my lower pelvis, it is of such
little concern to my doctors that at this point surgery no longer
seems necessary. In fact, the abnormality observed is so small that
it’s hard to know for sure whether or not it’s even cancer.

In three months I will return to Bethesda for another CT scan. It will
be determined at that time what additional treatment, if any, is
needed. For now, we are done.

So join me in praising God for healing. Join me in praising him for
his mercy. But join me too in praising him for turning an ugly thing
like cancer into a beautiful means of grace. For truthfully, as I
stand in faith now – on the other side of this valley – dying seems to
me a little less scary. And the comforts of this life seem a little
less important. My cancer may well return. I am content with this.
Health, wealth, prosperity – these come and go. I have Jesus. He is

And thank you once again for your faithful prayers and your steady
words of encouragement over these last nine months or so. Your faith lifted me when my own was weak!

Love in Christ,


Man, don’t tell me there is no God and He isn’t in control.  He doesn’t always choose to heal (and, like Todd said, it could come back someday), but sometimes He does to bring glory to Himself through a life He’s not done with here…and sometimes He does it just because He can.

For more on Todd, visit Todd MacDonald Music

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