Editor’s Letter

March 2017 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher

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March 2017 - Editor's Letter

When the theological clouds part, and I finally understand something that has plagued me for years, it’s a good day. Last Sunday was a good day.

My pastor, who is also my husband, was warming up for his sermon. Like a batter in the batter’s box, he was tossing a few spiritual pitches to his listening congregation. One of those lobs was Psalm 34:3: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”

Without knowing, he’d tossed me a theological curve ball. A conundrum of sorts. This verse has always bugged me. How, I’ve wondered, can mere mortals magnify the God of the universe?

God is loftier than the highest heavens. He is wiser than the most learned teacher. He is more powerful than the greatest army. He embodies every characteristic we desire but fall woefully short of. He is faithful, kind, patient, tender, creative, loving, and just. He is everything we are not, and he never sleeps, falters, or fails.

How can I magnify God? How can I make him any bigger than he already is?

And then, as if he was reading my thoughts (which I’ve heard pastors can do), my husband said the words that parted the curtain of my understanding.

Why did Christ die for you?   www.whyhedied.org

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