Security in Separation

It’s amazing how life can change overnight! When I started to think about this short message my mind was naturally focussed on Mothering Sunday and because of that I was drawn to a gift I received at Christmas; a book entitled “Dear Dad, from you to me.” A memory journal, each blank page headed with a question designed to capture something of my life story for future generations. The challenge was trying to recall some of my earliest memories and one which vividly stands out is sitting with my mum each day at quarter to two beside the radio enjoying “Listen With Mother.” Many of you will remember the evocative theme tune and the words “Are you sitting comfortably, then I’ll begin.” As I dwell on that memory I realise more than anything how important it is to know love and security in our lives, perhaps more so during this approaching stressful time. This will be a period when we have to re-think how we do Church, when we are advised to avoid the social contact which is the very essence of our fellowship. Last Sunday, Ian reminded us of some words from Romans 8 38 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 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.” When Paul wrote those words he could have simply said “God loves you” but instead he chose to expand the meaning in such a wonderful way. Perhaps he realised that above all things separation is something we fear. Young children don’t like being separated from their parents. Adults don’t like being separated from their loved ones by distance or illness. Yet Jesus chose to be separated from his Father on the cross, so we wouldn’t have to experience being alone. Above all things God wants us to experience deep, unshakeable confidence that we are secure in his love at this time. Please listen to this song. Bryan