Buon giorno! My daughter and I just returned last night from a mission/choir trip to Italy. What an amazing experience! But more on that later, for now, our verses!
Last year I chose Romans 8:38-39:
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
At this time last year it was becoming clear that my Dad was not likely to survive his battle with cancer. We knew that God could, at any moment, offer a miracle of healing, but we began to reconcile ourselves to the likelihood that it was not going to play out that way. It was a difficult time for me. I had experienced loss from death, but never so near. My Dad and I had always been very close, and I was having a great deal of trouble bearing the thought of losing him. These verses, along with all the rest I had committed to memory by this time last year, helped me beyond measure, because I began to ask myself “What is the worst thing that can happen to a person? Is it really death?” And these particular verses helped me begin to believe that the answer was not death, but separation from Christ, whether in life or death. This is an incredibly freeing concept. I have asked myself many times since then, in much less dire circumstances than losing a dear close relative, “What is the worst thing that could happen?” And the answer is always, “Well since I have Christ in me, and there is nothing, including death, life, angels, demons, the present, the future, any height, and depth, nor anything else in all creation that can separate me from Him, there really isn’t any such thing as the worst thing.” I can’t even express how much this helped me in facing my dear Dad’s passing.
This year, we continue with the Sermon on the Mount, through the Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:9-15:
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Powerful, beautiful. My friend Cara provides wonderful insight into these and the preceding verses in her blog, please feel free to join in the discussion.
Thank you again for your participation in this adventure, please post your verses and comments below. The Lord bless you and keep you!