Read Romans 8:26–39 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder lost two sons in quick succession in a World War I battle. In the depths of sorrow, he took a walk one evening. He saw gold stars hanging in the windows of many homes. Then he looked up into the evening sky and saw a very bright star. This reminded him of his heavenly Father who gave up his Son for the salvation of all. Lauder found comfort in this good news. St. Paul writes, "God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all.” No matter how great our trouble, how dark our night, Jesus Christ shines for us. The message beams from his life, death and resurrection. It radiates from Gospel and sacraments. The word, as St. Paul declares, "is a lamp shining in a dark place until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts." God gave up his Son. The sacrifice is not in vain. He has gained us as sons and daughters. "We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Prayer Dear Lord Jesus, continue to light up my life. Amen.