Beyond Ourselves

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace.

This beautiful sentence of Elizabeth Barrett Browning expresses the sort of feeling that is beyond our ability to describe.  No dictionary can provide words adequate to describe such depths of emotion.

Paul had a similar problem in his letter to the Romans in which he tried to describe the enduring love of God.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Have you ever listened to beautiful music that seemed to transport your inner being to a place beyond yourself?  I have, and at times like that I seem to get a whiff of those flowers that grow in heavenly fields.  I often experience the same feeling when I am joined with friends in Christian worship or when I am with my loving family around the dinner table.  As with Elizabeth Browning and the Apostle Paul, these thoughts and emotions are beyond description.

Yes, when we love God, and when we love each other, the dear Lord sometimes gives us a taste of those joys that await us on the other side.  We become, for a brief moment, beyond ourselves.

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