Love….and the powers of hell – Vicar’s weekly thought

Love….and the powers of hell

Remembrance Sunday is a difficult day….that’s not just me saying that. As the day has approached lots of you have said how tough it is. Wars, and rumours of wars, untold suffering not just for the direct combatants, but all and any caught up in its repercussions – just think of refugees in our day. Many also ask me, how can there be a God who says He is love in the face of all that? Today’s key verses are these: Of this 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. Do you notice that St Paul, and Jesus too, didn’t avoid the question of the very powers of hell – in the same breath as speaking of God’s love? I can’t work it out, but it is in the very place of difficulty, suffering and evil that we are most likely to find the powerful love of God. God’s love is far from easily overcome, indeed is more powerful than anything else we will ever discover. It led Christ to his own sacrifice on a cross. God’s heart of love wants to reach out to us too, in our past memories, our present struggles and our future plans. I pray you may hear, sense, discover something of His love this very day, however He may come to you – even as we Remember.