Dearest Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,

Sunday, we heard these words from the Apostle Paul to the small churches in Rome (8:22-27).

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 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. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Commentary: Paul is reminding his readers in this epistle that God’s transformation of this world did not end with Jesus’ death on the cross but is only just the beginning. What is striking here is that he is making it clear that this transformation is not just about humanity, but all of God earth and inhabitants.

Reflective Question: What does Paul’s vision of the fullness of transformation for all of creation mean to us as Christian’s living on a human damaged earth? Is the earth, and all the creatures on it, included in the salvation of Christ?

Question for the Week: What are the mighty deeds you see and hear God doing in your life?

We are back to three worship services a weekend.

  • In person Saturday night service at 4:30 PM.
  • In person Sunday early service at 8:00 AM.
  • In person and Facebook Live Sunday service at 10:15 AM.
Faithfully yours, Father Galen Snodgrass Cell: 417-793-0446