Youth Worker BOOST: Separation Anxiety
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For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39
It's pretty common for children to experience what we now call separation anxiety when they're beginning to become more independent. For instance, when they spend the first night away from home, or maybe on that first day of school. For most people this is a feeling that's part of growing up and fades with new experiences. For some, it can be so strong it presents challenges to living a healthy childhood.
But this feeling doesn't just affect children.
It's been said that the main challenge of adulthood is learning how to deal with grief and loss on many different levels. When we deal with loss--whether it's the death of a family member, or the loss of a job, or any other loss--the same old feelings of anxiety caused by separation can come back. Yet, Paul reminds us that there's no separation anxiety when it comes to our relationship with our loving, Heavenly Father.
Commentary writer Robert Jamieson summed up these verses best when he said; "No condition in this present life or none of the unknown possibilities in the life to come will be able to separate us from the love of God." What an amazingly powerful promise from God's Word!
There are plenty of uncertainties in life. But one thing we can know for sure is that the love of God will fill us in this life and follow us in the life to come.
Our prayer for you: Our prayer for you today is that no matter what you're facing, you can draw strength and comfort from the unfailing love of God.
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