June 22, 2020
Strength in Times of Trial

by Fran Mosher

“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 NIV
Separation. Ouch! It’s hard. During these last months of Covid shutdown, we’ve all experienced more separation than we wanted - separation from loved ones, friends, acquaintances - doing our part to reduce the spread. We’ve lost dear friends, saints in our church; we’ve grieved that we were not able to visit them in person, telling them just one more time how much they meant to us and how loved they were.

As one of the elderly (grrrr - never thought of myself as that before), I’m acutely aware that if my spouse became seriously ill, I might not be able to be with him in the hospital. Scary!

But Paul had gone through trials much worse, yet he could still write these verses we read in Romans. He was convinced that God would always be with him. That gives me hope to get me through the “what ifs” that sneak up occasionally.

God’s peace be with you all!
Fran Mosher
God of the cross and empty tomb, you have walked on this earth as one of us in Jesus Christ. You know the trials and hardships we face. May we be faithful to your way and find in you strength for all our needs. Amen.
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