By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“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.”
I usually finish writing my sermon on Fridays. It’s generally jumbled notes that I go through on Sunday mornings for two or three hours as I drink my Starbucks coffee. I get up quite early before sunrise, have a time of prayer, and finalize what I’m going to say to the congregation.
As I had done so many times before, I came to our former campus one Sunday morning to polish my message. It was during our transition to the new locations, so when I got to my old office, my stuff was already gone. Because there wasn’t a chair, I sat on a box at the edge of what worked as a table to put the finishing touches on a sermon about loss.
I could feel loss all around me as I looked in the rooms where my friends had worked. All of their offices were now empty. Bits of paper were scattered on the ground, and even things like glitter and pens were left behind. As I thought about how everything was now in another place, the thought fit perfectly as I was preparing for that particular sermon.
For Christians, during these small deaths and losses that we go through in life, we must remember that, when we lose something, it’s never the end. There’s something better on the other side and we call that resurrection. In order for the next things that God has for us in the scripts of our lives, we have to go through these times of real, serious, awful loss.
But these losses that we face are never the end. They’re just the beginning of something new!
Prayer: Dear Lord, as I read this devotion, it reminds me of many losses I have experienced in my life. And I recall that, after each loss, you had something new for me, special blessings that I could not have received without the losses. Thank you, Lord, that you always have my best interests at heart. Amen.
Reflection: What loss came to mind as Bobby described his empty office? How has God redeemed that particular loss in your life?