“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.”
This Scripture passage from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans is one I often read at funerals. It encapsulates the good news of the Gospel and offers us one of the basic affirmations of the Christian faith…The assurance that our faith holds true in life and in death and in life beyond death. These words of Scripture promise that nothing…not things present; not things to come; or anything else in all creation, can separate us from the love of God.
There are no conditions on that promise. God’s love and presence can be trusted…That is the heart of our Christian faith.
In worship during the first three weeks of July, we are looking at the spiritual lessons we can learn from dogs. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the name ‘dog’ is God spelled backwards. So often dogs reflect God’s love and display for us an image of what the steadfast love of God looks like.
The word ‘steadfast’ is defined as loyal, resolute and unwavering. Other words that can describe ‘steadfast’ are, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, solid, and trustworthy. These words can describe many a dog
God loves us more than we can possibly imagine or believe and that steadfast love has the power to give us life and to change our lives. May we too reflect the steadfast love of God and carry that love faithfully through each day.