Reading: Romans 8: 12-25 (Click to read text)
Our text today tells us that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now. I've seen the pains of labor up close twice in my life. It's not the most pleasant thing to witness. But it is bearable because in the midst of a woman's labor, you know that something good is coming. The birth of a baby is a miracle and is a beautiful thing to witness.
Perhaps that's why Paul used this imagery for the Romans. It reminds us that something good and better is coming. Even in times that are unpleasant, we know that God is with us and will help us get to better times. Even though we can't see it, we can wait with patience for the "baby" God will deliver. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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