Friday March 20 2015

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A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: For Christians across the globe who risk hardship, injury or death by profession of their Faith.

ScriptureRomans 8:28-39
Key verses: 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.

Reflection:  There is nothing you can say, nothing you can think, nothing you can do, nothing you can believe that will ever make God love you less.  There is nothing that will ever make God love you more.

We say this wording sometimes in worship as an assurance of pardon.  They are powerful words describing the unconditional love of God.  They are a modern paraphrase of the Apostle Paul’s deep conviction and absolute certainty expressed in Romans 8 that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For some modern Christians faith is all about being certain, certain about the Bible, about their understanding of God, about God’s will for us.  For many others the number of things about which a person of faith can be absolutely certain seems to diminish over the years.

There are many certainties I have cast off as the decades roll by, but one thing for me remains at the core of Christian faith, one thing about which, as the Apostle Paul says, I am absolutely convinced — nothing will ever separate us from the love of God.

If nothing else in life is certain but this, I can live, love, and even die holding on to the one thing that never changes — God’s love for me, for us all, and for this world.

If you need one certainty in your life of faith, let it be this:  Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer: Faithful God, help me to trust in and hold on to your steadfast love.  If my faith begins to fail, help me hold on to your love which never fails. Grant me such confidence in your love that I can live fully and love extravagantly, losing myself in your embrace.  Through Christ Jesus our Lord, I pray.  Amen.

Author: Von Clemans

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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