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Love Wins!

By Chaplain Maressa Pendermon

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.

– Romans 8:35-39


In chapter 8 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, verse 31 says: What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? What shall we say to these things? Something must be said because sickness and death are becoming threats to our faith and the love and power of God! The church at Rome was feeling overwhelmed by oppressive societal conditions. They believed that they should have favor because of their Christian faith and they were perplexed by what felt like abandonment by God and a failure of their faith.

As we continue to deal with the reality of COVID-19 and the social distancing that it demands, many of us are also feeling abandoned, defeated and as if our Faith is failing us. COVID-19 looms large in our lives as a huge, insurmountable monster that is ruling our lives. In some ways, that’s true. Many of us have already lost someone to this terrible disease or been otherwise impacted by it. Discussions about it invoke fear and frustration. But I want to remind you, as Paul reminded the church at Rome, that Love Wins! This seemingly insurmountable monster, this incredibly difficult disease that mankind has not been unable to conquer yet, is really very limited in what it can do to us as children of the living God.

COVID -19 cannot cripple love,

It cannot shatter hope,

It can’t corrode faith,

It can’t eat away peace,

It can’t destroy confidence,

It cannot kill friendship,

It can’t shut out memories,

It cannot silence courage,

It cannot invade the soul,

It can’t reduce eternal life,

It cannot quench the spirit,

It cannot lessen our love for one another,

And it cannot lessen God’s Love for us!

Maressa Pendermon

Chaplain, PruittHealth Hospice, Atlanta

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