Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love of God

Anne Hathaway once shared a thought that I feel could strongly resonate with a large amount of us, at least every once in a while. She said that “Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.” Even those of us who are introverts can often feel and recognize this fear of being alone, particularly since we were created in a way that forces us to biologically and psychologically need each other. However even with that recognition we often fail to live up to the needs of those around us, which for those in the midst of loneliness can be extremely painful. It is for this reason that I feel we need to always seek to recognize ways that we can be there for those in need.
Going along with this thought I also feel that it is important to remind ourselves of the hope that can be provided through the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a hope and faith that no matter our troubles, struggles, and loneness, we have one in our lives in whom we can consistently rely on for comfort. Sister Okazaki’s re-wrote the scripture Romans 8:38-39 and I feel that it beautifully represents an optimistic and hopeful message for those who are struggling, and for this context, those who feel alone. She wrote the following.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor divorce, nor widowhood, nor children gone astray, nor infertility, nor little shortcomings, nor
 major mistakes, nor poverty, nor lack of education, nor too much education, nor illness, nor sexual abuse, nor incest, nor singleness, nor insensitive leaders, nor gossip, nor spite, nor prejudice, nor feelings of guilt, nor feelings of inadequacy, nor loneliness, nor sorrow, nor pain, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

-Chieko N. Okazaki, Cat’s Cradle, pp. 125-126

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