May 20, 2018

Reading Romans 8: 22-28 (NRSV)

“…the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains…”

As we celebrated our adult son’s birthday, I looked back on the day he was born.

The joy of new birth does not actually make us forget the labor.

But he was worth it!

The hope of future joy does help us endure the hard work getting there.

I keep telling myself that as I struggle through an arduous task.

Currently, I am “birthing” a grant to fund new research. As the deadline nears, my groaning gets louder! I would give up right now if not for the hope that my labor will someday make a difference.

Today’s reading says that all of creation labors with us. We endure hard work because we have something to hope for: adoption into God’s family; a share in God’s purpose. And God’s purpose is good. God works for good in all things.

We cannot even imagine how good that will be. We don’t have the words to pray for it. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to pray for us, “with sighs too deep for words.”

What do you hope for?

When you hope for God’s good, the labor is worth it!

Let us pray. Thank you, God, for birthing us and all of creation. Thank you, also, for your readiness to work for good in our lives. May we wait in hope, laboring with you, that good shall come to all your people. Amen.



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