St. Paul wrote: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? As Scripture says: “For your sake we are being slain all the day long; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.” Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us. For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Rom 8).
When the circumstances of life are overwhelming St. Paul’s remarks are very consoling. It is unlikely that any of us will have to contend with the difficulties which he had to face on an almost daily basis. However all of us have moments when we experience great distress. It is at those moments that we need to remember that Jesus is faithful.
You are near to the broken-hearted, Lord. I can share with you both my joy and my sadness, my hopes and my fears. Thank you for your faithfulness.