Beyond the Groans

Beyond the Groans

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children 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 freedom and glory of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  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.  For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Romans 8:18, 22-30

We live in a fallen world but long for a perfect one. Even creation has been groaning since the fall of man.  Why would we think otherwise?  The reality is that LIFE IS A STRUGGLE.

When a significant challenge suddenly arises in our life, have you ever asked yourself WHY?  The contrarian question

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It’s A “Yay God” Day

It's A "Yay God" Day

Early this morning, Irene’s sisters Carmen & Jane drove her to UCSF for her kidney transplant team visit.  The session went well.  Irene’s lab work is extraordinary. They call her an excellent patient because of her diligence related to diligently adhering to medication protocol.  Her next visit: 6 weeks from now.  It was a very positive day.

Her challenge is lack of ENERGY….although she’s making slow & steady progress each day.

Thanks for caring…it’s a “YAY GOD” day…..!!!!

Dave

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Buoyant

Buoyant

“….by his wounds we are healed…” – Is 53:5b

Irene’s arm and kidney dialysis needle entry point wounds are very much improved since her last treatment at UCSF on December 29, 2013.  Irene’s blood labs each week remain strong; the nausea is being held at bay….at least for the most part, and the “pro-acceptance” drug protocol has given Irene HOPE for the future.  She’s slowly gaining strength and has about 4 hours of good energy each day before transitioning and resigning to R&R….

She’s seeing a physical therapist for the soft tissue injuries in her neck region resulting from the recent rear end traffic accident.

Her attitude is buoyant…..and she is grateful for the many expressions of outreach expressed on her behalf.

“….by his wounds we are healed…” – Is 53:5b

Thanks for caring,

Dave

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