September 3

September 3
by Susan Lovelady

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] 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 8:38-39

In the last few days I have had a friend, a family member and a neighbor that have either experienced a loss of a loved one or are in the process of saying goodbye.   A church friend just  lost her beautiful sister to cancer.    I just found out that a neighbor’s father, who lived down the street (an original owner of the block), just passed away.  And my niece’s mother-in-law is now in her final stages of life as the family is preparing to say goodbye.    All three with different stories, all three beautiful souls that will be missed, and all three equally loved by our God the Father.   You may have a similar story or loved one that has experienced loss, especially during this challenging season we are in.

And in these last few days, this scripture has been put on my mind lately.   Nothing can separate us from “the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.  Nothing!  “…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…”  Wow! This gives us such comfort and hope.  Knowing that no matter what, we can live in this promise of grace, confident in an eternal relationship we have with God our Father.   

With all this said, it doesn’t mean that the pain and sorrow through these circumstances are not real or very scary at times.   My heart goes out to those who are suffering.   We are created with hearts that love and experience joy, but we are also created with hearts that cry and experience grief,  both equally valuable in the eyes of God.   

As Pastor Jonna so eloquently said in her sermon last Sunday, it is through these experiences we can find the “intimacy and closeness of God’s presence” and  that “…sometimes our perceived hindrances are not hindrances at all but invitations (by the Holy Spirit), to go deeper … to recognize our incredible need for God and for one another…” .

I pray that we can be open to the Holy Spirit’s invitation during these times of challenge to seek out God’s purpose in our lives and also be a witness to the joy that comes from a life abundant in love, in the Love of God, that is in Christ Jesus. 





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