Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Romans 8:12-25

Pentecost +10 – Year A

Romans 8:12-25

How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
How do you find a word that means Maria?
A flibbertijibbet! A will-o'-the wisp! A clown!

Oh, how do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?

[Maria from The Sound of Music]

“All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” [verses 22-25, The Message]

May you hold yourself open for a surprise beyond your expectation. This is where we find energy to live, give, and love. Hold out your hand, a moonbeam is waiting for you.

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