I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Reflection by Janet Derby
Each day we seem to awake to more news about the pandemic and what is safe and what is not. Should we try to go on that planned trip? Should we even go to the dentist or hairdresser? Will our children be in school or will they not? Should they be? Do we even know what to hope for as it seems that the hope that life will return to “normal” is far out of reach right now. And yet, Paul reminds us that we must wait with patience. That is hardly what I want to hear right now, yet I know we can be hopeful that we will learn from this experience how to better care for the least among us and come out stronger for it. We are people of faith and that allows us to believe that if we are hopeful and patient, God will help us create a better world than the “normal” we had before.
Creator God, help me to be patient and hopeful in a world that is certainly groaning right now. Amen.