38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor 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.
There are those among us (and only you and I, and the Almighty know who we are) who sometimes doubt that God still loves us despite our sinning ways and our faults, foibles, and frailties. This biblical verse is my go-to whenever the abhorrent forces of “neither death nor life, … nor things present, nor things to come” attack, and seem to be about to take over my psyche. Multitudes of first-century Romans, and Christians ever since, must have relied on this passage for support and guidance during times of crisis and chaos. Knowing that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” is a mighty bulwark that can equip us all to cope when bad things happen to good people.
Cleanse me, O Love, from
all my hidden faults.
Keep me from boldly acting in
error; let my fears
and illusions not have dominion
Then shall I become a beneficial presence
freely and fully surrendered
to your love.
From Psalm 19, Psalms for Praying, Nan C. Merrill