| “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 8:38–39). It is truly a wonderful thing that the apostle Paul shares with us in this passage. I find myself, though, caught by the opening few words of the section excerpted above. Those words, “For I am convinced,” stand in one regard as a kind of reassurance. They reassure us of the unending love of God that is in our Lord Christ Jesus, which, as the scripture makes clear, we can never be separated from. Yet at the same time the words “For I am convinced” stand not only as a reassurance but also as a question.
In this time of Lent, as we as individuals and a community are preparing to walk with Christ to Golgotha. I find these words compelling me to turn inward, asking myself the difficult question, “Am I convinced?” In a world where dictators rule and appear to flourish, where oppressors still oppress, and where justice seems to dribble down in brief drops rather than roll on like a river (Amos 5:24), it can be easy at moments to be not entirely convinced of God’s saving love. Yet God keeps God’s promises. The reality is that God and God’s love for us can overcome all obstacles. So as we continue forward along this Lenten journey let us reflect on those obstacles we believe we have placed in the way of God’s love for us, and let us be convinced that nothing of our own doing or otherwise “can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen.
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