We Can – Eager Expectation Series – Part 4 - Pocket Fuel on Romans 8:26

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. Rom 8:26 (MSG)

We Can – Eager Expectation Series – Part 4

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We’ve had quite the week. Two virus’s have worked their chaos through our entire home, and a close family friend passed away. I want to be honest with you guys: this week I've been either in bed, crying, or mopping up after my kids sickness (and my own… TMI?). So we thought this week, we'd throw back to one our favorite series from 2015. It was a piece I wrote leading up to Christmas, and even though in the devotion it says “2015,” I think it applies even more to 2016.

We would LOVE to hear from you, so email us at talktous@pktfuel.com and let us know what your favorite series has been, or if there are any topics, ideas, verses, themes you’d like us to write about between now and Christmas.

You guys are the best. We’re so thankful for your support. Much love, Lizzy (and Jesse).


A few days ago I had a little “the world is too dark for Christmas” moment while I was organising my kids gifts. While there is so much heartache and injustice in the world, here I was trying to figure out if I’d bought enough Lego and Shopkins for my kids to crazily unwrap underneath an overly decorated tree.

I started crying. I didn’t know what else to do.

As much as I have been impacted by the various things happening in the world, I hardly know what to do about them. Where to start, what to say. I want to make a difference, but I’m not sure how to practically begin. Sure, we can pray. Sure, we can post articles on FB and protests on Instagram. But do we DO?

Wars. Guns. Violence. Abuse. Neglect. Corruption. Misogyny. Racism. Discrimination. Imprisonment. Addictions. Hostages. Child abuse. Disease. Healthcare. Economies. Housing. Education. Plain old meanness. The world is indeed weary.

Where do we begin?

HOPE.

The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.” (Rom 8:26).

A few verses earlier Paul wrote, “To this day we are aware of the universal agony and groaning of creation, as if it were in the contractions of labor for childbirth.”

I wonder if the groans of creation, and the groans of the spirit within us are somewhat similar? Having seen a glimpse of the divine, felt his essence in our hearts and tasted a portion of his glory, we know there is something greater coming. A culmination of hope. But the bringing forth of that realised hope is wrought with the pain of a weary world shedding its broken skin to embody a new one. Giving birth to what is was always meant to be.

In this liminal space of waiting, we can be active and intentional about how we love and where we spend our time. We can bring on the birth. We can prepare for it.

True [liminal] space grounds us around one undeniable Reference Point that is bigger and beyond any of us.” (Richard Rohr)

I looked at the gifts on my bed, I held the heartache in my soul, and I decided to keep both. I’m not going ignore the birth pangs of the world in pain any longer. I’m not going to ignore her troubles and trials and live on in ignorance. I’m going to honour her by relishing my life, living fully, helping wholeheartedly, serving those I can, loving wholly, and filling every moment up with the hope of what is not yet here, but will indeed come. What has come and is coming still.

Advent is not about a sentimental waiting for baby Jesus. Advent is a time to focus our expectations and anticipation on the adult Christ, the Cosmic (inconceivably vast – eternal) Christ who challenges us to empty ourselves, to surrender.” (Richard Rohr). We surrender to hope. Which, remember, is different to certainty. We surrender to love. We become OK with ambiguity, with not knowing the answers, sitting with our enemies, praying for our persecutors, working for peaceful justice, doing what we can with our limited resources, hoping for miracles.

When we have hope, and we live it out through our words and actions, it catches on. We can spread it a thousand different ways, we just need to get up and do something that extends beyond ourselves and assists the birthing process. And whatever that something is that you have in your hands, available to you do? Do that.

When we have hope, and we live it out through our words and actions, it catches on. Click to Tweet

It’s in the outworking of hope, no matter how small and infant it may be, that our weary world can find the strength to rejoice.

“For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

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