Deep and Wide

deep, wide fountain

As a preschooler, I remember singing a song called “Deep and Wide.” It was a fun song to sing, but I didn’t really understand that the song was referring to God’s love (Eph. 3:18). I did understand that the Sunday School teachers who taught it to me loved and cared for me. They loved me with their actions.

Now I have the privilege of teaching preschoolers at my church. They are funny, curious, and cute. They are easy to love—most days. But some days and some behavior issues make me question my decision to lead preschoolers. How many times can I patiently ask Sadie to keep her hands to herself? Or, how do I keep my temper when Matthew kicks or bites?

Responding in love can be difficult in the heat of the moment. These moments must be preceded by lots of prayer. We must continually ask God for help as we lead His little ones. We can spend more time reflecting on His unconditional love for us. Unconditional means “without conditions or limits.”

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8 NIV1).

Our Heavenly Father’s love for us does not depend on how good we are. He does not withhold His love when we sin. He doesn’t set limits on His love, either. We are called to do the same for the preschoolers He places in our care. The wiggly and squirmy ones. The chatty ones. The troubled ones. We love these precious ones unconditionally, remembering God’s love for us.

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).

So we sing the songs, play the games, and make the messes, all in the name of love. We are calm, patient, and forgiving because Christ has done so much for us.

Pray: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love without conditions or limits. Help me to convey that love that is deep and wide to the children I teach. Amen.

Deep and wide, deep and wide,

There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.

Deep and wide, deep and wide,

There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.

— Words and music, Sidney E. Cox

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1 All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

By Stacy Nall, Kentucky WMU preschool consultant   Photo credit: Image by viodu on Pixabay.com​

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