There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice which is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior; there is healing in the blood.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than in heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings have such kind judgment given.
There is plentiful redemption in the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.
For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind;
And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more faithful, we should take Him at His word,
And our life would be thanksgiving for the goodness of the Lord.
-Frederick William Faber, 1862
I doubt I’d be posting this, if it weren’t for a new melody shared with me by a friend. I don’t have the names of the composers, only initials. So thank you, BTM and JB, for helping me see the loveliness of this hymn.