My heart is still very full this week after much grieving for a pastor who is gone. Much of what I have thought and learned and dreamed and felt will pass without record. That is sad. But over and over this week, the message has been that nothing, nothing will separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Nothing. Especially not death. We are very clear on that in this community of faith. As we continue through Lent, the suffering of Jesus - but also of the whole of creation - is very real this year. But Easter is coming. And death has no victory.
If you need assurance of that this week, spend some time in Romans 8. Look carefully into the story of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus (any of the gospels), and rejoice in the truth of 1 Corinthians 15:54-58. A powerful sermon by Jamie's friend and colleague is linked to the title of this post. May God show you his unbounded love this week, no matter what seeks to come between you both.