“I put it in a safe place.”

How many of you have done this? Put an important item in a ‘safe place’, and then moved on with the hurly-burly of life, and…were unable to locate the item when needed, bewildered?

I’ve learned to relax for several days, letting the notion of the misplaced float in the periphery of my brain and voila! The cupboards of memory open and the item is found. When we last moved, in 1986, I found my scarves after 6 months…

booksAmong the few items I retrieved from my parents’ earthly goods were the large print ‘Good News for Modern Man’ Bibles that each had given their mother, my grandmother, some Mother’s Day.

Each grandmother had bookmarked Romans 8, a chapter that helps us understand the doctrine of eternal security.  Many theologians, including my pastor, claim Romans 8 to be their favorite chapter of the Bible. When I shared my Bible place marker, by coincidence during a pastoral study of the ‘Magna Charta’ of the Bible, he exclaimed, “It’s a message from her, beyond the grave!”

My grandmother Moeller, my angel in life as well as death, wanted me to know that Salvation is the safe place. Even when some people condemn me, God and His Son do not.

There are many wonderful truths in Romans 8. The beginning and ending of the chapter help me to understand the context and content. Paul starts by saying there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. This shows God’s mercy—His gift that we don’t deserve. It ends with the fact that we cannot be separated from His love.

My grandmother reaffirmed the God’s truth. I believe and be live it.