Each week, we present words of reflections from one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week’s devotional was written by Tanya Thrower.
The Word:
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 (NASB)

The Story:
In August 2010, my family experienced a life-changing and unexpected hardship. My baby brother, Erik, passed away.  The pain of unforeseen loss feels unbearable. Watching the grief of loved ones as they struggle to pick up the pieces is discouraging, and the lack of closure when death is sudden seems unfair. I never understood the impact of death or loss until this experience and the void that it creates in one’s heart. Praise be to God for His never-ending love! I find comfort in knowing my God understands my pain.  I know victory is mine because Christ overcame death because of His love for us.  I rejoice in the hope of eternal life! I am thankful, for God and His perfect love that fills all voids!

The Reflection:
Are we grieving death or another loss?  How have painful situations caused us to question God’s affection for us?  Have we allowed love of God and the confidence of knowing that nothing can separate us from Him, fill that void?

The Application:
God’s plan is His own.  Life-changing hardships do not happen by coincidence or without purpose.  As difficult circumstances arise, let us choose to trust in God’s plan with the knowledge that His devotion is unfailing. Let’s take time each day to recognize how God shows His love for us.

The Prayer:
Father, thank you for loving us like no other!  Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who overcame death.  We praise you for being our comforter.  Help us to rest in your sovereignty and live a life of faith in all things.  Amen.