Romans 8:38: “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.”

Fireflies are awesome! The picture of this post was taken by Photographer Takashi Zenihiro showing fireflies streaming through a Japanese forest in Ninohe. Firefly season is celebrated each year in this area, marking the beginning of summer.

We take it for granted that a light source, even as small as a little firefly, is noticeable in the dark. Yet the reason why light stands out is God’s doing. He separated the light from the dark. When there was nothing but a formless empty wet mess, God spoke. He spoke four words: “Let there be light”, and out of nothing light emerged. What follows in the first chapter of the book of Genesis is a series of God-ordained separations, thus laying the groundwork for life on Earth as we know it today (Genesis 1:6-9):

Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.

Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”

We understand the benefits of separation here: without dry ground, no vegetation; without vegetation no animals to feed on the greenery; and without flora and fauna no life on earth – and no home for humans either. There is power in separation!  The builders of the atom bomb knew that as a fact when they succeeded in splitting atoms.

But then there are things that no separating force can divide, and that is God’s attachment to His creation. More powerful than the splitting of atoms, more powerful than all negative forces put together, is the power of God’s love.

Watch how Jesus loved His torturers when He prayed for them and uttered these famous last words before He died (Luke 23:24):

“Father forgive them! They don’t know what they are doing.”

In Jesus we can see God’s love acted out, impossible to fake. God has never stopped loving His creation, and He has never stopped loving us! Showered by His generous affections, we get inspired to go out and do the same, namely, spreading His love. And in case you worry about losing God’s affection at some point in your life, here is some good news for you: there is nothing, absolutely nothing that can separate you or anybody from His amazing love. How wonderful is that!

“All you need is love,
Love is all you need”              
Paul McCartney, John Lennon

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