Welcome or welcome back to SU! We hope you had a relaxing break and a great start to the new year. Let’s reflect on this passage from Romans 8 as we start a new semester:
18 “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. 19 For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; 20 for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
In this passage, Paul is speaking to suffering people. He reminds them that they are not the only ones suffering, and reassures them that this too shall pass so the glory of God will be revealed. Paul emphasizes hope, and he even says that creation’s hope is the sons and daughters of God- creation eagerly waits for our revelation!
This message of hope can relate to us as we start a new year and a new semester. This past year was far from easy, and it’s hard to see the good that has happened (or will happen) when the bad seems to be stressed. But through it all, God has been faithful! When has He ever left us? As Christians we are able to enjoy our lives with Christ while on earth! We were given the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and were given eternal life. How can we groan about earthly inconveniences when our life goes far beyond our flesh?
I urge you to find the good in each day and practice hope in this year. Actively search for and acknowledge blessings from God- and don’t forget to thank Him too! We are praying for you, and have a great week.
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