This month the staff were asked to write about their favourite verses. There are so many great verses and pieces of scripture that have guided my thoughts over the years. The book of Psalm is usually my ‘go-to’ for some uplifting and soul quenching encouragement, hope and joy - plus I love the way it’s written.
Romans 8:38-39 however has always meant a lot to me. When I was a child, we used to walk to our little white church in downtown Halifax. My parents always sat in the balcony and it had rows of foldable wooden seats. Every Sunday, at the silent cue of the worship director, we would rise and sing the same chorus of a hymn without any instruments. I felt pretty good that I had memorized the whole thing. I remember overlooking a sea of people below, all in their Sunday best (there wasn’t a Sunday school class) and thinking how do people know about church and understand what’s being taught? How do my parents know to come to this church? It’s funny what children observe and process? I just knew church was special, that it needed to be part of my life and that God loved me. Plus, I loved wearing my white knitted poncho every Sunday.
Romans 8:38-39 is a reminder to me that I am an ordinary person and believer who is flawed and falls short, but who will also forever be loved by God. Of course we walk through various disappointments, trials, celebrations and successes at some point - our path is unique to us. Paul seems to write these verses with such conviction. I appreciate that the verses seem to go through a checklist of possible dangers or things that might threaten this idea of our security in God’s love. For someone like myself who might say, ‘but what about this’, the verse has it covered.
I may not have understood all about church long ago, but I knew that there was a God who loves us. These verses remain a reminder that nothing is bigger or more powerful and can separate us from His love.
Tanya Chant, Director of Family and Children's Ministry
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