Unfiltered Prayers

The Hope in a Groan: A Response to Romans 8:22-25

Fruit of the forbidden personifying

The pride of a heart that was God-defying

From there, all humanity was subjected

Cast from perfection and disconnected

Thorns and thistles sprout from sin

The labor pains of corruption

Confined to a realm of tantalizing flaw

Are earth and its inhabitants under the law

A harbinger of common grief

Earth’s cries echo the soul’s plea for relief

Our fallen hearts desperately thirst

For redemption from a garden cursed

The mourning of the dove and the brokenhearted

The sigh of the wind and the dearly departed

The fatigue of the sun and the trauma-inflicted

The howl of the wolf and the abused and afflicted

The rocks anticipate

And the trees fervently await

The One who will redeem

The world’s unraveled seam

Birds caw and sheep bleat

Creatures call out for the heartbeat

Of new life to reign again

Remarriage between earth and heaven

All creation gasps and groans

For God who is clearly known

It cannot much longer cope,

But the world’s pain announces hope.

Paradise lost, but a kingdom found

Hope graciously descended down

A plan to reconcile Adam and God

Through a faultless Lamb’s atoning blood

And this hope is present now

A fulfillment of His vow

The Word of promise walked the earth

And gave hope for humankind’s rebirth

A Way paved in sheer turmoil

Salvation requiring us not to toil,

But rather to grasp and abide in Truth

And let faith be our righteous sooth

We are renewed and given life,

But still subjected to the world’s strife

A new heaven and earth will be

The vision of everlasting ecstasy

An eager longing lingers still

A silent hope for God’s pledged will

For liberation from decay

And restoration from disarray

And we wait. We wait with hope

To be emancipated from earth’s envelope.

When God’s children reflect his image once more

Will we, with gracious amnesty, be fully restored.

2We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8:22-25

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