Nothing Can . . .
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
As we head into June 2021, it seems like the pandemic has been around far too long. When businesses were shuttered last year and jobs were pushed to go remotely, schools were closed and parents had to reevaluate their daily schedule, and the entire world including churches were forced to master digital communication, there still seemed to be a big disconnect. As disciples of Jesus Christ it is so important to live our lives pursuing God in worship, building community together, and unleashing compassion. Everything we do can be an act of worship from washing dishes and taking out the trash to using our words to encourage others. What a privilege to be able to live in community (fellowship) with others. Life alone is not fun. And our compassion efforts (service opportunities) have been reimagined, too. For example, our efforts to provide home cooked meals for Operation Hope have had to change to be meals prepared from approved restaurants, which has increased the cost. The gatherings for Seekers International Foundation had to rethink how to safely serve the next generation with regard to suicide intervention. The world has been turned upside down and our lives will never be the same again.
But one thing that has remained constant is God’s love. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. It is greater than Mt. Everest and deeper than the Mariana Trench. God has something greater than this earth for you and for me. Live knowing that you are a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Would you be open to partnering with me as we transform Oceanside with the love of Jesus Christ this year? Or how about meeting up to grab a coffee or share a meal? Join me for “Live With Basilio!” on Thursdays at 4pm to find out more!
Basilio Ramirez, Worship Pastor