Title: WBB and the groaning of creation
Location: Wycliffe College Chapel
In what is perhaps the most remarkable turn of a phrase in the letters of Paul, the apostle tells us in Romans 8.22 that “the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now ….” This is a creation longing for redemption, longing to be set free from all that binds it.
Perhaps only the women in our community can begin to understand what Paul is talking about here, and even there maybe only the women who have given birth. I can tell you as a very concerned observer that there is an intensity in the groaning of labor like nothing else that I have ever born witness to. Groaning in travail was the way the older versions of the Bible put it.
But this is a travail, a work, a pain, born of hope. The smile on a woman’s face upon delivering her baby and holding that child to her breast is also one of the sweetest things that I have ever had the privilege to see.
All of creation is longing for that smile. All of creation looks for the day of resurrection. All of creation is waiting. All of creation is in Advent.
And here’s the amazing thing. All of creation is waiting … for us. As we long for redemption, as we allow our voices to join in this creational chorus of longing, Paul says that the rest of creation is waiting for our redemption.
There’s the irony. The very creatures who have caused the binding of creation, her despoliation and rape, are the one’s that creation waits for. All of creation waits for our redemption so that then, and only then, will creation be lovingly tended, cared for, stewarded and kept as it was always intended.
And that is just a couple verses from our amazing texts for tomorrow morning. There is so much more going on here. So come to Wine Before Breakfast in the morning and be treated to the apostle Paul at his absolute best.
Andrew Federle will be preaching and presiding, the band will be rocking, we’ll all be praying.
Hope to see you in the morning.
Wine Before Breakfast
Wycliffe College Chapel @ 7.22am
Breakfast to follow
Start Time: 7:22
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