Tuesday, July 6, 2010

For I am Convinced

In the Daily Office Lectionary, the cycle of scripture readings that are appointed to be read everyday, today's readings include a portion from the Letter to the Romans that I must say is at the bedrock of my faith. This passage is Romans 8:38-39 and it reads:

"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

I am attracted to the fact that Paul (or the writer of Romans) is convinced. He does not theorize. He does not guess. He does not kinda-sorta-believe. He is convinced. Why? He is convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God because he has experienced that love so powerfully and tangibly.

May we all experience God's grace and love so powerfully and tangibly that we may proclaim:

For I am convinced.

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