A Forever Love
Who then can ever keep Christ's love from us? When we have trouble or calamity, when we are hunted down or destroyed, is it because he doesn't love us anymore? And if we are hungry, or penniless, or in danger, or threatened with death, has God deserted us?
No, for the Scriptures tell us that for his sake we must be ready to face death at every moment of the day - we are like sheep awaiting to be slaughter; but despite all this, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us. For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels won't, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God's love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are - high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean - nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us. Romans 8:34-39 (TLB)
Hugo N. Urcola is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He once read a newspaper article that said a significant number of young people want to find a love that will last forever. However, finding a love that lasts can be a challenge.
The hymn writer George Matheson (1842 - 1906) was rapidly going blind at age 19. He had fallen in love with a girl at school, and they planned to marry. When he told her about his condition, he asked if she would still marry him. She said no.
On the evening of his sister's wedding, recalling his own pain and lost relationship, Matheson wrote his famous hymn "O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go." In it he wrote, "I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine oceans depths its flow may richer, fuller be." The words of the hymn refer not to human love but the immense love of God, from which nothing can separate us. Some loves are reciprocated; others are not. But we can always count on the enduring love of God, a love that will never let us go.
Prayer: Eternal God, thank you for first loving us. Create in us loving hearts and spirits, in Jesus' name, amen.