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Paul’s epistle to the church in Rome 8 – 38: ‘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.’
This is a faith open to all of us, including those who feel they have nowhere else to turn, the lonely, sick, impoverished and homeless, who fear for their future and have lost their security and peace of mind.
It applies today just as it did when St Paul wrote to the church in Rome in about AD57. That church progressed from a small, persecuted minority to become the established religion of the Roman Empire.
The love of God shows itself as what we call the Holy Spirit that influences all of us. It is so universal that it is all too easy to take it for granted that generous, constructive and loving impulses we experience are God’s gift.
By acting on these and being obedient to God’s prompting we are enabled to help to alleviate the suffering around us and contribute to the repair of our damaged society.
It is inspiring to read about the workings of the Holy Spirit in ancient times but surely it is of more immediate concern to us to be aware of what the Holy Spirit is doing in our own neighbourhood this week, to be thankful to God for His mercies, and be content to let it influence our lives.
Janet and Geoff Fairbairn, Quakers.