Prayer For Week of August 27–What Shall Separate Us From His Love?
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall the car not passing the smog test, or the child who forgot how to multiply, or the lady at the grocery store who was so rude, or the grocery budget that doesn’t want to stretch until payday, or the fact that the child has outgrown his clothes (again!), or the risky economy, or temptations from the flesh and the devil?….Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35,37-39 [Daja’s paraphrase]
Sometimes we try to make spirituality so complicated. Even as Christians, living in an era of grace, we can slip into a rhythm of living life through our own effort. We sometimes forget–either we lay it aside to chase other things or the world rips it out from under us or the devil twists our perception so we miss the mark–that Christ wants to burst into our lives….our daily lives.
There is not part of our lives, our days, our schedule that He doesn’t desire for His.
He wants the bill paying.
He wants the spelling test you have to give to the 3rd grader.
He wants the dinner that did not turn out as planned.
He wants the garden you lovingly tend.
He wants taking the kids to the park.
He wants the kiss you give your husband when he comes home from work.
He wants those few minutes you log onto Facebook that turns into an hour.
He wants to invade all of this and more. He wants to redeem it, sanctify it, dwell in it, shine through it.
He wants to love the kids through me. He wants to make supper through me. He wants to sweep up the crumbs through me. Each. Little. Thing. Each little thing done through His love and for His love.
“To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.” –St. Therese of Lisieux
The only question that remains is whether we will let Christ’s love burst in. It will be inconvenient. I can assure you of that. He’ll mess with our plans and shake up the tidy order of our days. He’ll manifest Himself in ways we cannot imagine and at times that interrupt us. But, if we let Him it will be blessed. He will get glory and we can participate in that. That might be the most amazing thing of all. That we are allowed to participate in the glory of God.
The truth is that we cannot be separated from His love. What we need is a new perspective.
Jesus, this week, increase my awareness of You. May I be able to see You in my days, in my schedule, and in the interruptions and inconveniences. May I hear you in my baby’s cry and in my husband’s voice. May I find ways to minister to you–on the street corners and in the kitchen, at the church and at the market. Love through me. Amen.