These words, “Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, our Lord!” (Romans 8:39) is often read at funerals as a reminder that death is not the final word when it comes to God. God’s love is with us each moment that we have life and breath and walk upon this earth, and yet, we believe that even death, even after we have taken our last breath, God’s love still holds us beyond this life.
What would life look like if we lived each day breathing in and out the thought, “Nothing can separate me from the love of God.” Not my own fears, not my own stubbornness, not struggle or questioning or making mistakes can be such that with the power of God’s love, cannot be turned around and made whole again. Epperly writes, “This is good news! With God as our companion, transformation is possible in every situation.” (p.39) Each day is a new day in God when we have the chance to change how we live and to be more in tunes with God’s visions and dreams for us.
How might you live into that reality this Lent?