For I am convinced that neither death nor life…the present nor the future, nor any powers…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God…” (Romans 8:38-39)
“Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills,
from the sky,
All is well, safely rest;
God is nigh.”
Memorial Day is not a time for picnics and the singing of patriotic songs in our house anymore. As a Gold Star Mom, I’m reminded more acutely of our separation that weekend. Death is separation, but it doesn’t claim the final victory.
God’s truth and abiding presence are what matters when life events take a dark turn. Not until His very words become personal, at gut level, will we know they’re real. God uses circumstances to make us aware of our need of Him. It’s then we have a choice to fall into His embrace or cry bitter tears and pull away. That decision will have ever-expanding ripples.
What do we choose to believe when disturbing realities intrude into familiar routines of daily life? How are we preparing for those times our faith in a living God will be tested?
Were it not for God’s Spirit bringing assurance of His constant love expressed on the deepest level, and Scripture integrating head and heart, I’m sure I would have been lost in grief. Now, my calling is to honor this God with all my being, and yes, that daily decision is drawing others into His lasting embrace.
“Thanks and praise, for our days,
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.”