What a busy week! Mainly with my day job – office politics, meetings, budgets, etc… – and this next week is shaping up to be about the same. Of course, in one aspect, I have a bit of the upper hand. We will see if it works out that way.
The family and I spoke about God’s Unconditional Love –
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow– not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below– indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:35-39 NLT)
What powerful words these which were written nearly 2000 years ago and still as true today. Granted, we hardly have any real examples of this any more, with divorces, abuse, rape, war, exile, cast offs, and betrayals. We simply have no real examples of this, nothing tangible, nothing physical to show us the spiritual. Even those who represent Christ cannot show this example. Here, though, is the hope of the Christian, while in the wildernesses of this world, that the Father above, through the Son, has given us His unconditional, and indeed, unmerited, grace and Love.
I still have a few book reviews in the hopper which I didn’t get to this past week, but will. Further, I will be tackling, briefly, the development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and still yet, finally post something on the Inspiration of Scripture. Also, I’ll be preparing a Patristics Carnival, so watch out!
Finally, I would like to at some point, to return to my series on Sirach. Then I wouldn’t mind writing a few more pieces on Wisdom (of Solomon) and the Gospels, especially Luke. Yes, there is a connection. I still have plenty of books to review, so these things might have to wait until the end of the year. Currently, I am reading Karen Armstrong’s book, The Case for God. I might do an update tomorrow, but we will see.
I found this song a few weeks ago – thought I might share: