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Inseparable

June 25, 2020

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:35a

A funny thing has happened during the pandemic. Our children have discovered that they really like spending time together! We were a little concerned that when the school year ended and they were left to their own devices, bereft of practices and playdates, they’d drive each other crazy. They have their moments, to be sure, but mostly they really enjoy being together. If there’s anything sad to me about returning to normal (or wherever it is we’re headed), it’s that they won’t get to spend as much time together playing LEGO, baking muffins, throwing the baseball around, whatever. At the moment, they’re inseparable.

There is so much that seeks to separate us from one another. The pandemic continues to keep us physically apart, although we’re headed toward reopening (may this not be a disaster, Lord!). We have since the beginning of time separated ourselves from one another based on color, creed, and culture. In our daily lives, we let small hurts fester until relationships break apart. What will bring us back together?

God’s answer to this question is Jesus. In Jesus, God takes on our sinful, separated humanity. In Jesus, we are raised up as one people of God. In Jesus, and in Jesus only, do we find hope, for it is in Jesus that we are united to God’s love.

In our passage today from the Daily Texts, Paul asks, rhetorically, what will separate us from the love of Christ? The answer is nothing. Not that nothing will separate me from the love of Christ but nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. With Jesus, we’re in this together. Inseparable because God refuses to have it any other way.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Holy God, you have knit us together in the mystical body of your Son. Forgive us for the ways we try to tear and rip this fabric. Heal our wounds. Calm our hearts. Bring us back together in your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Baptism of Christ, David Zelenka, 2005. Used with permission.

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