Words of
Encouragement & Hope
Submitted by Julie Killebrew

In Nazi Germany, the philosopher, professor and pastor Paul Tillich, lost his university appointment for standing up against the Hitler government. He emigrated to America and became one of the most revered philosophers and theologians of the twentieth century.

In his words:  
           When death rains down from heaven as it does now,
when cruelty wields power over nations and individuals
as it does now, when hunger and persecution drives millions
from place to place as they do now, and when prisons and
slums all over the world distort the humanity of the bodies and
           souls of men as they do now - we can boast in that time,
and just in that time, that even all of this cannot separate us
from the love of God. (Against the Third Reich: Paul Tillich’s
Wartime Addresses to Nazi Germany.)

We are long past the reign of Adolf Hitler, but doesn’t this passage sound like what we are experiencing now? Read the last phrase again: “that even all of this cannot separate us from the love of God.”

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:38 - "And I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love."

Even in these very difficult times, we have the hope and the promise that our God will carry us through and our faith in Jesus Christ will hold us firmly.

Julie Killebrew