A hymn in our service book begins, “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea.” I believe that’s true. God’s love for His creation is beyond our comprehension. God’s mercy on our wayward lives is a grace we have no reason to expect. When we finally walk into God’s eternal Kingdom I think will see people we never anticipated. That is the depth of His grace. However, even as we believe this, we never dare presume upon it. God is still a God of absolute values, with a way of life He calls us to follow. We dare not treat Him, as C.S.Lewis put it, as a “grandfather in heaven who just wants to see his children happy no matter what they do.” All that we experienced during Easter Season was an expression of God’s great love, but it was blood that had to be shed because of our sins. The hymn continues, “For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind.” That is so true, but it is that very love that causes us to kneel humbly at the foot of the cross.