With tornadoes cutting swaths of destruction across the US South and Midwest, families in Malaysia, China, and South Korea continue to mourn their lost; as many more in the Ukraine and Russia move to the edge of war… as our world moans… as we grieve our losses… and as our God groans with and for us. (Rom 8:22) (Rom 8:23) (Rom 8:26-27)
Yet with the breaking news comes a greater mystery. According to the spokesperson for Christ, the pains, loss, and destruction are meant somehow to showcase a hope that our present groans are the sounds of childbirth (Rom 8:22-25)
Even though, for now, we don’t even know how to pray for ourselves or for one another, the Spirit of God intercedes for us with groans that the Father understands (Rom 8:27-28).
We can’t yet see what all of this means for us— and for our world. But we can see the means—Christ, our God, and our Savior. He alone has given us reason—not just to ask—but to declare, “If God is for us who can be against us.” (Rom 8:29-39), (Ecc 3:1-4)