A Passage and A Prayer 12/5/18

“For I am sure 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
While the Christmas season is typically associated with peace, joy, and good will as family and friends gather for special celebrations, it is also one of the most depressing times of the year for others. Perhaps you know someone who seems especially sad during what should be the most joyous of seasons. We often see this among those who have lost a loved one, especially a spouse or child.
People who are experiencing this type of sadness or isolation are often referred to as having the blues. That expression dates back at least to the early 1800’s and is still used today. Maybe you have experienced the blues yourself; or are even experiencing them now.
It is not unusual for anyone to suffer from the blues at various times. It can be especially hard though during this time of the year when everyone around us seems so happy, so loved. It’s easy to feel alone and even unloved.
Paul’s words to the church in Rome gives us encouragement that can bring us comfort even when the blues try to take over. Consider what Paul is saying, that there is nothing in all of creation that can possibly separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Nothing. Nothing.
You are the most loved child of the Most High God. The One who did not spare His own Son but sent Him to give His life for you will never, ever, leave you. Even though we may at times be separated from family or friends, nothing can separate us from God’s love. This is our great joy during Advent and throughout life.
Heavenly Father, even though I may feel alone at times, I know that there is nothing that can separate me from Your love. Thank You for the gift of life and salvation that I have through faith in Jesus. It’s in His name I pray. Amen.

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