Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:35, 38–39
God’s love is the glue that holds our lives together and holds us close to him. It’s the promise that guarantees us a heavenly future. And the best thing is . . . nothing can keep us from it. Not even death.
That fact was beautifully reinforced for me a few years ago when I attended the memorial service for a close friend who had died at the peak of his career.
Many of us were called upon to speak that day. Then, instead of sharing warm memories or offering her own words of comfort, as the rest of us had done, one friend simply opened her Bible to Romans 8 and read the ageless, empowering words in a strong, defiant voice.
Her voice rang out with confidence and power to remind all of us—maybe even the devil himself—that our friend was with God and so were we, and nothing could change that fact.
He holds us in his loving embrace, and nothing can come between us. Absolutely nothing. Not today; not tomorrow. Not in this life or the next. There are no words, no forces, no feelings, no actions—there is nothing that can separate us from his love.
Securely embraced by that endless love, we can face any kind of hardship here on earth with courage and faith.
One of the original Women of Faith speakers, Barbara Johnson guided millions of hurting women through the tunnel of despair with her best-selling books. She delivered her comforting, humor-filled message of love across the country at Women of Faith events for six years before illness forced her to leave the tour and continue her ministry of encouragement from home. Barbara died in 2007 after a valiant 6-year fight against cancer. Lovingly known as “The Geranium Lady”, Barbara and husband Bill founded the non-profit Spatula Ministries, an organization tailored to help parents in crisis.
“If we knew what God knows about Heaven, we would clap our hands when a Christian dies. . . . I think that our final exit here will be our grandest entrance there.” —Barbara Johnson
From Daily Gifts of Grace © 2012 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used with permission. All rights reserved.