31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced 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. Romans 8:31-35, 37-39
Like many people around the world over this past year and a half, I was unable to travel and be present for my mother’s recent funeral service. I was able to help my sister make the funeral arrangements and also view the service on zoom calls.
This is the Bible passage I chose to have read by the Minister who was taking my mother’s recent funeral. It is a passage that has always been a comfort and strength to me. I have read these words myself at many funerals. Some people may say that these words don’t really tell us very much about the life beyond death. There is no explanation of what heaven will be like – what we will be doing or who will be there. But it seems to me that these words say everything we need to know – God will be there! The same hand that has reached out to us in so many other times of life to calm and reassure us that all will be well, is the same hand that will reach out to us in death to welcome us home. All the details I am happy to entrust to God’s eternal loving care.
I want to thank you all very much for your cards, messages and comforting words at this time of grief and loss in my life.