Friday, April 21, 2006

No condemnation, no separation

In doing research for my summer writing projects, I ran across a devotional by Samuel McPheeters Glasgow, a PCUS (Presbyterian Church in the US, the old southern Presbyterian Church) minister who served churches in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Savannah, Georgia, in the 1930s and 1940s. His meditation for today on Romans 8: 1-2 was wonderful and appropriate for my soul:

"The resurrection of Christ says in the ear of every trusting child of God: 'There is therefore now no condemnation,' to them that are in this risen Christ. Since condemnation is lifted by his cross and empty tomb there is nothing left to separate us from Christ Jesus our Lord--'no condemnation,' therefore 'no separation.' All that would or could separate us has been nailed to the cross. What glorious peace is ours in the Beloved! What assurance and finality compass us about! In Christ, though foes may multiply and array themselves for our undoing and defeat, we are always 'more than conquerors'" (Glasgow, Daily Communion, 112).

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