Daily Office Readings for Friday 5 April 2019: Week 4 of Lent: Year 1
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 8:38-39)
Paul shares his conviction that nothing will separate us from the love of God. The next step is to realize that God is love. (1John 4:16) Therefore what‘s really going here is that nothing will separate us from God.
This should be Good News! However, if we have not been preparing to meet God, that great appointment when kept (and it will be), may not be so pleasant. The next step in life for us will be our essence being raised into a new kind of life. But in that next existence we will retain some kind of memory of deeds past. How do we want our earthly primate story to close as we move on to the next phase of our ontological self?
There is no stopping the shift that we will undergo and as Paul says, nothing, but nothing, will separate us from God. Meeting God is a “must happen” event. But we can prepare for it. This is not a time for procrastination. It is the time for preparation. Let’s make a story that we will be happy to share with our future companions in that world beyond, from where no traveler returns, the very point in this life where we finally “got it.” We will say, “This is the point when I saw the light and changed.”
Every now and then I feel it is time to review my personal living creed. It is a work in progress as I read and learn and evolve. My revised creed has been influenced by the words of Diana Butler Bass in her book “Christianity after Religion.” Trust is a truer word than believing. Also, I find that “Creating Word” is a more accurate term for the way I now understand God to be. So here it is: I Trust in the Creating Word through the Holy Spirit of the Incarnate Word, in whom we live and move and love and have our being, and to whom we must give an account.
I believe there will be an accounting. We will meet the Creating Word (God). Nothing will separate us from this future event. The good news is that the Creating Word is all about love and mercy. Thank you Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.