Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Satan Separates; Jesus Unites

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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 8:35-39

Below is a link to the eighth chapter of Romans.....

“I haven’t seen my grandchildren in a year,” she said to me with tears in her eyes. My heart ached with her. She explained how her son had allowed his wife’s controlling nature to detach him from them. Because he chose not to keep the relationship alive with his own parents, they now suffered the consequences of separation from their flesh and blood, their grandchildren. 

I continually hear these accounts of heartache. Families separated by an in-law, an outsider, someone joined to the family who refuses to join with the family. The rejection of their spouse’s family bond destroys blood ties. It drives a wedge between the son or daughter and their parents. The parents grieve as if a death has occurred. Separation is the death of a relationship and it is devastating. 

For a time I experienced this sort of death. My own daughter allowed a boyfriend to influence her and pull her away from us. Her relationship with him clouded the love and joy we once experienced as family. Our family ties severed. Sorrow and anger filled the void. Death pervaded our lives. 

But thanks be to God for His love and mercy. When I fell to my knees in agony, calling out for help, He answered. He revealed Himself through His earthly followers. At work and church, through phone calls and letters, I received encouragement from family and friends. They poured the love of Jesus into me through Scripture and prayers. Their obedience to God’s call strengthened me, enabling me to live with hope day by day. I learned to place my trust in Jesus and boldly stand in dismal circumstances. And I prayed with confidence for the fulfillment of God’s plan in my daughter’s life.  

Separation of any kind hurts. It’s a tool of the devil to destroy families and relationships. But nothing, not even Satan, can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus. The Bible tells us so. 

We don’t have to exist as defeated creatures. His Word declares we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. He unites our hearts with Him and with others who answer His call to serve through encouragement. Hope fills our souls as we look to Him and the future. Thanks be to God

Lord Jesus, I pray for all families experiencing separation. May your love unite them to You and give hope. In the mighty name of Jesus, AMEN.


  1. Separations in families are real and painful. Thanks for communicating this reality so clearly. Taking the covers off the devil, makes him have to look for other ways creative ways to separate God's people.

    1. Separations are awful. My desire is for families to stand firm and spiritually fight the battle with God by their side, believing that one day the Lord's peace will reign.