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Sunday, February 13, 2011
To Infinity—and Beyond!
"I love you, baby."
"I love you, Mommy."
"I love you more than I loved you yesterday but not as much as I'm gonna love you tomorrow."
Age 6 Daniel pauses to take in all the words. "You always say that, Mommy."
"Because that's how I love you and I want you to always remember."
Another pause while Daniel thinks of the right word. "I love you a thousand!"
I smile. This is a new one. "I love you a million. That's a thousand of thousands."
Kisses and hugs and snuggles commence.
"But guess how much God loves you?"
Daniel looks at me expectantly. I always come up with a different answer for this one.
"He loves you the biggest number. Way more than a million."
"What's the biggest number called?"
I try to think of the biggest number I know. Isn't a google a one with a million zeroes? Or should I introduce a new concept?
"He loves you infinity. That's the biggest number. Nothing is more than infinity."
Young eyes light up with recognition. "You mean like 'to infinity—and beyond!' ?"
Buzz Lightyear's motto has been in my ears about a google times, but this is the first time the meaning registers in my brain. What is beyond infinity?
If only one thing, it's God's love.
"You're so smart, Daniel! God's love goes to infinity and beyond. The very biggest number of all numbers is infinity, and God's love is bigger than that."
More hugs. And smiles. Because if there's anything that makes me happy, it's when God shows me more of Himself through my kids.
The LORD has appeared to me of old, saying, "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love."
~ Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJV)
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