I have a 2 by 4 piece of wood sitting on my desk in my parents’ living room. It is no ordinary piece of wood, for it is adorned with duck tape and is actually 2 pieces of wood glued, screwed and nailed together. Written in one corner is “Romans 8:38-39.”

“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 seperate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Our good friend Scott, who so amazingly spoke at Tony’s memorial service, brought the wood piece to me after it was used as a part of a sermon at Buckhead Church a few weeks after Tony died. The point of the sermon was that no matter what bad or good things come at us in life, nothing, NOTHING, can seperate us from the love of God. Those 2 pieces of wood permanently stuck together represented that.

The wood certainly does not match my mother’s beautiful decor in their home, yet its meaning is a lifeline to me. It speaks of the word “convinced.”

For I am convinced that God’s love is with me. Always. Forever.

Convinced…no matter my joy and bliss, nor my deep sorrow and pain.
Convinced…on the day Tony proposed and on the day Tony departed from this earth.
Convinced…whether life makes sense or never does again.

Nothing will seperate me from the love of Christ. Nothing.

Settle that in your own hearts, my dear friends. Though God’s love doesn’t promise to take away your pain or guarantee a happy life, it is the only promise I will stake my life on.

Dearly loved, and convinced,

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