Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35–39, NIV 1984).
My Musings – We are all experiencing separation these days. Separated from jobs, daily necessities, appropriate healthcare, family and other relationships, to name a few. How comforting to know, for those who are in Christ Jesus, that there is nothing “in all creation” that can “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Not now (“the present“) or ever (“the future“). Thus far in this pandemic, many have already faced death. As the days go by, many more will have to “face death all day long.” But again, “neither death nor life…will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sadly, there are many that do not have this assurance because they are not “in Christ Jesus.” For this reason, it is important that while the Church has had to retreat in “shelter in place” and “social distancing” that “it” finds creative ways to connect with those who do not share its hope. And “it” means you and me.
My Advice – Who do you know who needs hope? Do they see in you the hope that they lack? Does it make them want to have that same hope? Pandemic or not. COVID-19 exposure or not. None of us know how much time we have left. So let’s be the light in the present darkness, lighting the way for others, as once upon a time others lit the light for us.