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. Romans 8:38-39
This Sunday we hear these comforting words and we breathe signs of relief. So many questions assail us each day. What is God asking me to do today? Did I even think of God as I went through my day? Did I pray enough, today? Did I show God’s love today?
And so many “shoulds” plague us. I should have treated people nicer today. I should have looked up and seen the people around me today. I should have said “I love you” more today. I should have been more patient today.
All of the questions and all of the “shoulds” can wear us down and make us feel unworthy of respect, care and love…unworthy of God’s grace. But then Paul’s words make clear the forgiveness we are freely given…unearned, undeserved… given solely because we are people created in the likeness and image of God. Nothing, nothing we do or don’t do…not one thing can separate us from the love of God. Not one thing.
Blessings as you finish your week!
I am writing this short piece from Washington, DC, where I have been attending the 2014 conference of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I have heard wonderful speakers, including Episcopalian Brene Brown (check her out on the web!), and reconnected with old friends.
The next two weeks, I will be on vacation, spending time with my children and grandchildren. I will return Sunday, August 10. See last week’s post for information on how to contact The Rev. John Burkhart if you have a pastoral emergency and for other important announcements.
Pot Luck This Sunday!
Bring a dish to share! Our friends from Everlasting Arms have decided not to join us any longer for pot luck.
Morning Prayer July 27 and August 3
Because I am away, there will be Morning Prayer this Sunday and next. Bruce Cory will offer a reflection.