My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine
Softer than a sigh
My love is deeper than the deepest ocean
Wider than the sky
My love is brighter than the brightest star
That shines every night above
And there is nothing in this world
That can ever change my love
Written by Tony Hatch, Sung by Petula Clark, 1965
Old pop songs never die, they just come back as oldies. Even some of the worst ones still come back. This isn’t necessarily the worst, but it was never one of my favorites. You’ll remember it too, and you may hate me for bringing it up, because it’s one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and plays on and on and on. Then you really do dislike it because it just won’t go away.
I don’t even remember how this one got started, but that doesn’t matter once it starts playing, it just plays. You’re gonna hate me, but misery loves company and I relish the fact that I can now torture many of you with this song giving you at least a day, maybe more, where you cannot get it out of your head.
For a while there, my words were all mixed up. My love was deeper than the brightest star and softer than the sky, until I had to look up the lyrics, so I could at least have them straight as the song played on mercilessly in my head. If you really want to torture yourself, you can click here for a YouTube video of Pet Clark on an old television lip sync version.
So what do you do when this happens? Well I found out I could turn it into a worship moment, and imagine the words were from God. After all, Paul prayed that we might “have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is” (Ephesians 3:18). That’s pretty close to the deepest ocean and widest sky.
But the best part by far, if you make this connection, is the last line: “And there is nothing in this world that can ever change my love.” That would be Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” God’s love never changes. He loves you the way you are, and nothing is ever going to change that. You are loved, wanted and planned for from the dawn of time, and your place in God’s family is sealed for all time and eternity. If you can let those thoughts rule in your mind as this song repeats itself in your head, heck, let it play on. It might just do us all some good.