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Monday, February 5, 2018

Groan: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8:23

“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.”

Have you ever received an assignment, when in school or at work, that your immediate reaction is to groan? Or perhaps a communal groan when a project or outcome has been derailed? It’s hard to rebuild a bridge that requires us to pick up the pieces and start again. Especially with a heart of commitment and drive. Not certain whether our efforts will be obstructed again.

The hunger for resolution and completion stretches beyond words when struggling with relationships or vague possibilities waiting for medical results or life transitions. It’s hard to wait, hard to see, and sometimes easier to bury ourselves in the mundane to decrease anxiety.

Yet when we are able to wait and watch in trust we are given the gift of glimpses.

When we catch the glimpses of the Lord in others, and in ourselves, we are reminded that there will be an answer to our delays. There will be fruits by the Spirit’s authority and purpose, even if we cannot see ahead.

The promise now infuses our hunger with hope, anticipation, and a peace that we often cannot verbalize or explain. And we too can watch for redemption in faith.

Lord, enable us to hold onto Your glimpses of glory when our hearts begin to groan and weaken. Strengthen us by Your light piercing into our darkness. Enable us to keep walking while we wait.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:22

“The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.”

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