And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Do not park in the front drive.
Do not take anything into the visiting room.
Sit at all times.
Do not touch the glass.
And so we sit, the glass between us. My hand reaches to her – as it did when she came out of my womb. She is still my baby girl. Our hands are near. And I can feel her soft skin just as if I were touching her. We talk through a phone. We speak of love and forgiveness. We speak of redemption. We speak of a future.
And it reminds me of the love of God. The love that takes the things in our lives, even the bad, and works those things for good to those of us who love him. It reminds me of His forgiveness. Of my redemption in Him. Of my future.
And we rejoice together. Because, you see, nothing can separate the love of a mother and her daughter.
A buzzer sounds. Our time together is gone. Our hands separate. I leave for now, saddened by our present circumstances but rejoicing in the nearness of God.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble . . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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. Romans 8:35, 37-39