"Brothers and sisters,
what will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through Him who loves us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord."
~Romans 8:35, 37-39
The reading today, July 31st 2011
Whew. We are slowly getting settled in our sweet little home here in North Carolina. We have been in the process of moving for over two weeks now, with several days yet to go before we are set up in our new home. We have had tearful goodbyes, overwhelming moments, and joyful welcomes -- truly a roller coaster of emotions. It is hard for us to believe that at this time last week we were having our last Sunday night dinner with GranMo and Papa, GG, Uncle C and Auntie Cindy. Tonight T's new boss and his wife brought us dinner in our new home. Next Sunday may be the start of Sunday dinners with our cousins here in NC.
With all of these transitions, separations and new beginnings, the New Testament reading today at church brought me great comfort. It was our first time at a new church, another beginning. I was reminded that no matter how far we may move or travel, no matter how far we may be from loved ones or a home we love, no matter how chaotic the living space, no matter how trying the circumstances, we are never far from the love of Christ. Given how powerful, completing and encompassing His love is, that is a pretty good deal. Sometimes that love comes to us through others, as it has for us these past few days in the amazing welcome we received from Uncle T & K and our cousins. And finally, as I was reminded today, God's love joins His children together too, even when we are far apart. So MoMo and Papa, on this first Sunday night dinner physically apart, remember how close we are to you tonight through His love. Not truly separated, not ever, but joined by the unbreakable love of God.