Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted 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, 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 8:35-39
Over the past few weeks, our second reading in worship has been from the Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. This book is the longest preserved letter of Paul to the churches and provides an outline of basic Christianity to the newly formed church. Paul’s letter to the Romans is designed to help new Christians learn about the promises that God makes to God’s people and to guide new Christians in developing a robust and deep faith. This week, we’ll be taking a look at the passage above from Romans and the Parable of the Mustard Seed from the Gospel of Matthew. As you prepare for worship, take a few moments to reflect on your own faith journey. How has your faith shaped and changed you? How have you experienced the faithfulness and love of God, remembering that nothing in all creation can separate you from this love? How have you received God’s grace in this abundant, overflowing, limitless love?