October 7, 2022

Nothing Can Separate

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For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-Romans 8:38-39

 

Abba, Father,

Let my faith be greater than my fear. Let my heart be gentle, tender, open to Your love. Let Your words be soft and sweet, purposeful, perfect for my deep needs.

Allow me room to breathe, to fall into Your goodness.

There has been so much barrenness, pain, fear. So much straining to stay up and hold to a blind faith when I could not feel. I’ve told myself of Your truth when my head couldn’t hear or believe, set what weak belief I had on Your character and promises.

Lord, I’ve pleaded with You to hold onto me because I was too weak and tired to hold onto You. You are my sustaining power, my grace again and again.

My burden becomes my blessing because I encounter You. The suffering, the mystery, the unanswered questions—here I let go and lean into the things suspended, breathe into the pause, and clear a space for You to sit with me where I can’t hold still.

It is hard, but it is holy, because You are here.

The One who is no stranger to suffering willingly stakes His life to mine. Nothing can separate me from the expanse of Your love, the deep, rich, high and beyond love that has chosen to stay. Even when I flail, even when I feel it’s futile, when I run, when I am terrified of what is inside me if I were to slow and see. Nothing can separate Your love for me and Your embrace.

Surrender can begin to stitch me whole. Here I am, all of me, exposed. Letting You into where only You can go.

Grace. Goodness. Glory. All hold my heart as I entrust my mind to You. I receive You in; now, hold me near.

Rest. Truth. Trust.

Holy even here.

Greater are You who is in me than he who is in this world. Greater are You who is with me than my fears and lies. Greater is Your truth, Your hold on me, Your promise to sustain and never separate. You enter in, fasten Your heart to mine.

 

 

Read Again:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

-Romans 8:38-39

 

Linger:

How has God come close to me in my suffering?
Where do I see God’s fingerprints in my life?
God, what are You saying to me through these verses?

 

You come near when I cy out to You. You do not disappoint, You do not wait, You come near quickly. Thank You that You are a God who sees me, who loves me, who enters into my pain and loneliness and refuses to leave. Help my heart receive You, ease my mind and let me draw upon memories of Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 Listen To:

Lover of My Soul by TAYA

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