I have read the following passage many times before… but reading it again tonight was one of those “wow” experiences…  So I thought I would share it in light of the adoption process many of us are in the midst of.  The words are heavy with meaning — especially from the unique position of understanding the concept of adoption from an entirely personal perspective.  If you read the words in light of what adoption means to children who are facing death if they aren’t adopted, suddenly “groaning inwardly… waiting eagerly for adoption” becomes a deeply desperate cry.  I know I don’t consistently approach my adoption as a child of God with this kind of desperation and longing…  After reading Donna’s account of the agony that both children and parents face when children are relinquished for adoption, the concept of creation “groaning and travailing” is almost audible.  We are all waiting for adoption.  We are all “subject to frustration.”  We are “hoping for that which we cannot yet see”… in both simple, tangible things like our children coming home and in eternal things like the liberation of creation.  No matter where we are in this world, we are all groaning for the liberation of creation — whether we are aware of it or not…  

Anyway, here is the familiar passage for you to chew on a little.  I’d love to hear your thoughts, too. 

Romans 8:18-25 

“I consider that the present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us.  The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the sons of God.  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to this 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 are 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.” 

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