Wednesday Word 7.22.2020

Romans 8:18-25 New International Version

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Some days I feel like a swimming puppy. My head may bob at the surface and I may look like I am far from the shore, but beneath the surface I am paddling for all I’m worth. I refuse to let the weight of the world drag me down. It is the hope Paul is talking about that keeps buoying me up. It is knowing that God loves me that keeps me afloat.

These are some dark days. Now is the time to show our gratitude for the love that sustains us and the hope that love brings with it. We can show it by trying to bolster those around us. “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country,” says the old typing class drill (to which I would add “women”). Now is the time for us to let others know what we know. We know that this too shall pass. We know that we, and that means every one of us, are loved. We have the hope in our Savior who has come and will come again someday. When all else is in turmoil, that is the one constant that will never change…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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