{Romans 8:18-21; NLT}

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.  For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.  Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.

Heavenly Father the world is not what it should be.  There is evil and there is suffering all around me, and I confess at times it seems hopeless and overwhelming.  What can one person do in the face of evil?  What is the part I am to play in bringing hope to the world?

That is why I thank You for taking the initiative to rescue creation.  You did not abandon the world to evil, to sin, and to death.  You promised to save the world, to redeem humankind, and usher in a new creation.  This hope is made real in the world through the resurrection of Jesus.

Today I stand by the side of creation with eager expectation waiting for that day when You will make everything new.  I long to experience creation in all of its redeemed glory.  Come Lord Jesus, come. Amen.

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