For I am persuaded that not even death or life,
angels or rulers,
things present or things to come, hostile powers,
height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Without such a promise how would one survive the banality of this existence? This promise brings an almost unbelievable hope to the one who suffers and also to the one who does not suffer. This hope rises up in the crisis and also in the mundane routine of the everyday. Without this promise, life has no meaning or momentum. To age is to feel the weight of uselessness and earthly baggage both of which press to separate us from Christ. To KNOW there truly is no separation from Christ is to KNOW true salvation.