Nothing can separate us from God's love!
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of our current situation is the isolation many of us are enduring. The crowds that normally surround us in the office, in the airport, on a plane and in our favorite coffee shops have now dispersed.
We are unable to visit with friends, family or even those who are ill. Yet there may be an opportunity even in this. If it is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, then perhaps this time of separation will bring about in us a greater appreciation for the people in our lives. We need not wait passively for this separation to take its effect.
We are blessed to live in an age of unprecedented connectivity that provides us the technical ability to see and connect with people thousands of miles away. With fewer people and duties to make demands upon us, we have the freedom and the time to connect more deeply with the people who mean the most to us.
At the same time, we have the opportunity today to reach out (by phone, Skype, or even handwritten letter) to those who are most in need and to be the face of God for those who are enduring the greatest suffering.
In the words of Saint Augustine, "you see the Trinity if you see love." That is our greatest human desire — to be loved. The pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, but it has not and cannot prevent us from communicating love to one another.
It may actually be providing us the opportunity and the motivation to let love abound all the more. What is certain above all else
in this time of uncertainty, is that "nothing can separate us from God's love" (Rom 8:39).
Love in Christ Always,