God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hope or Groaning

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that 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. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and 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. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:18-25
hope
when words are spoken and action taken
when facts are made up and science is denied
when leaders are shortsighted and out for their own gain
when the world is groaning
mountains are burning
deserts are expanding
coral reefs are dying
glaciers are disappearing
islands are shrinking
droughts are expanding
weather is harsher
the world is groaning
creation is groaning
humans are groaning

hope
Paul reminds us to hope
hope pushes us to see what cannot be see yet
hope pushes us to understand what seems impossible
hope pushes us to dream of a world redeemed
hope shows us what could be when God's love reigns

I groan today
I mourn today
how can we reject what we see before us
how can we elect leaders who rush forward with our destruction
how can we not understand that we are all connected
when creation is healed we are healed
stardust is what we are made of from the gnat to the sun
stardust shapes us all
hope save us
God send your hope, your redemption, your truth


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