Breaking The Code: 256

11 01 2016

CAREFREE (2) It was the year 1971 when I first expressed my love to my soon to become wife, Linda.  Ofcourse it was Valentine’s Day and we were in Bible School in Seattle, at the Seattle Bible (Bridal) Training School in Ballard.  There I told her about the Code “256”!

Through the years, will be 45 years this year if my Math serves me right, we have had this code: 256.  I think a few in our immediate family know the code, but today I want to share with you, the origin of the code and give honor to whom it is due!

It was the year 1961 January, when I started my journey in the work-a-day world at Back to the Bible Broadcast office, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  As my parents were pastoring a church away from the capital city, I was living in a “Boarding House” in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka.  There was also a young Navy family who were renting part of this boarding house and they had a five year old son, who kept us all entertained in the evenings as we came home from a weary day at work!

One day, the mother asked him, “Son, do you love me?”  And he replied, “Yes I do love you, Mummy!”  “So how much do you love me?”  And the little boy stood up as tall as he could, and stretched his arms as wide as he could, and said, “This much, Mummy!  This much, 256”!  (The biggest number that his mind could come up at this time).

Yes, “256”, the biggest number that he could come up with.  This has been our code: 256.  The greatest amount of love that we could share with each other, 256, Linda!

And this morning I am reminded of another person, who stretched His arms as far as they would stretch, and allowed people to nail it to a cross and in so doing He said, “256 – I love you this much!”  “With ALL that I am I love you!”

He does not reserve His love in anyway but extends His love to You and Me!  And as He does that He says, “It is not limited in anyway, but it is for EVERYONE in this whole world, go and share it TODAY!   Yes, share that I love them “256”!

And now you know the Code, will you share it too!  Blessings on YOU as you share 256!



One response

11 01 2016

Sounds like something my kids would say!

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