We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Yesterday I listened to Allistair Begg on the way to work. His sermon was probably from a year ago, and was all about hope. He talked about COVID and how we can live with hope in the midst of the pandemic. I know the passages today are about waiting patiently with hope for our eternal home with God. I am in no hurry to give up this life. But, I am losing patience with this pandemic. Could we exercise our free will and pray (hard) to God to remove this virus? What if the entire world of Christians asked God to please take this sickness away? I am so thankful to God for the minds of the scientists who have helped us this far in the battle, and continue to work on earthly solutions. But I also know God’s power. I am going to spend more time in prayer, and maybe we could all do so?
Holy Father, I know you have the power, and I pray that it be your will to remove this virus from our lives and from your entire creation. Amen
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