This week, we continue our thoughts on love. Read Paul’s words in Romans and then use the prayer to meditate on the inescapable love of Christ.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that 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, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:35-39
Father God, I come into your presence
so aware of my own faults and failures.
Yet even in my human frailty I am overwhelmed
by the love you have for me.
I thank you that there is nothing –
no experience, no mistake, no place I could go –
that could separate me from that powerful love.
If I go to the highest mountain, you are there.
If I descend to the lowest valley, you are there.
You are defined by love. That is what you are.
So teach me today to love you more.
Help me to rest today in that love
with a trusting heart and a willing spirit.
In the name of Christ,