Tuesday, August 1

Romans 8:26-39 (ESV)

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[b] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God's Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[c] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[d] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 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.


Reflection

I am the exact opposite of a DIY kind of person. At least, that’s

who I am when trying to fix something, or put a bookshelf

together, or even hang a picture. I remember once gluing several

12-inch by 12-inch squares of corkboard on my daughter’s

closet door to make a bulletin board. It was a great idea. The

cork was pre-cut; I used super glue; I even measured (twice) and

marked where to place the boards. I glued the four pieces on the

door, straightened them up, admired my work, and walked away.

An hour later I went back to check on the new bulletin board.

What I found was a sorry sight–the cork squares had slid down

the door into a pile on the floor leaving yucky trails of glue

going down the door. Turns out I needed more than glue to keep

the pieces together. It never dawned on me that I either needed

to hold the cork boards in place until they dried, or at least “set,”

or find some way to clamp them in place while the glue dried.

I remember my cork board experience when I hear the words of

Paul in our Romans passage for today. He asks the question:

Can anything separate us from God’s love? Hardships? Distress?

How about persecution? Maybe famine, or nakedness, or peril?

What kind of glue could possibly attach his love to us and

guarantee it would never fall away? Where could you find an

adhesive to bind us forever with him?

The Good News is that God sent us his Son, Jesus Christ, who

gave his life blood for us on the cross. In baptism, the waters of

grace and forgiveness cover us. Jesus’ blood on the cross, the

waters of baptism–they are the strongest of “glues” that bind us

to our Heavenly Father. Nothing can ever separate us from

God’s love.


Prayer

Ever-present God, continue to draw me closer to you. Work in

my heart that the love I feel from you, I can share with others. In

Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Pam Mitcham

Pastor of Community Care

pmitcham@stjohns-springfield.org