I was in Victoria for the weekend celebrating my grand-nephew’s baptism in the Anglican church–at 11 weeks old, he’s still too young for books, but as he grows I hope he’ll enjoy our gift of Wherever You Are my love will find you by Nancy Tillman.
The book is about a parent’s love that will find you wherever you are, and the full-page illustrations are wonderfully whimsical–on the cover, a child dances with a bear, and inside the child plays in the water with elephants, sits on a bench with two panda friends, and paints a beautiful two-page spread of blue peacocks. All creation seems to say, “You are loved. You are loved. You are loved.”
The author dedicates her book, “To Daddy, whose love always finds me, wherever I am.” But I can’t help but think it also points to the love of God, our Father, whose love finds us wherever we are. Like the shepherd looking for the one lost sheep, like the woman searching her entire house for the one lost coin, God’s love also seeks us out and finds us.
“My love is so high, and so wide and
so deep, it’s always right here, even
when you’re asleep.”
Her words remind me of Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God’s love is so high, and so wide and so deep, and with us always.
For the next few weeks while I’m on study leave from my church, I’ll be blogging reviews of some of the other books I’m reading. Next up, the last of my “summer” reading: The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis & Life in the Kingdom by Jamie Arpin-Ricci.