“What Can I Say?”
Saw a billboard in San Francisco a few years ago that caught my attention. It asked: Do you suppose cigarette
smoke knows how to stay out of the “No Smoking” section? I suppose the reason I remembered this is in trying to do
a newsletter article full of positive remarks. Trouble is that I have been so long “socially distanced” from those I love and
care about, I’m not sure of being capable of doing that this month.
Who can separate us?
“Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? “ Romans 8:35 CSB
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 CSB
Yes! Nothing can separate me from the love of Christ, neither can this virus striking the earth for so long. However, for me, the separation that has really disabled me is the separation between us. I know, I know we all are aware of the dangers and the distancing that is affecting the entire planet; one that up to now has never been experienced. It has sure felt good though for us to come together once again for worship in May. Hope more of us decide to come back and worship soon. So grateful for how God has protected so many of us here!
I found myself pulling down my studies on grief this week. It seems to say to me that I am suffering loss and grief: anxiety separation disorder? Maybe you are as well. Stay tuned as the Holy Spirit works on me in sermon preparation to address these things. I need all the help I can get! Love you! Hope to see you soon!
Duane Vaughn, Pastor