Prayer: Thanks, God, for your love. Amen.
Reading: Romans 8:37-39 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: It’s a great funeral passage. Nothing, not even death, can separate us from God’s love. So true.
But what about those times in this life when God seems so far away that one might wonder if maybe God did die? Those moments of despair, loss, hopelessness, misery, depression, darkness when we think that the only possible solution is death. They don’t happen often, but when they do…..
No, we are not separated from God’s love in Jesus. Never. “Nothing,” says Paul. “I say nothing can separate us from God’s love”. Not now. Now later. Not ever. --Jim Bricker
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