Pastor Matt’s Musing

Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Savior!

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God…” (Romans 8:19)

The Apostle Paul makes quite a claim in the eighth chapter of Romans when he asserts that we, as God’s adopted children, are the awaited ones to redeem all of Creation.  That’s some heavy responsibility and a very high calling!  Nevertheless, Paul believes that through our kinship with Jesus Christ, we too are capable of participating in God’s saving work, freeing all of creation from the bondage of death and decay.

And yet, this triumphant claim is tempered by the very real and often frustrating call for watchful patience as God’s transformation is happening, but not yet completed in our midst.  We groan and wait for salvation, literally defined as wholeness and abundant life, hoping for the full arrival of God’s kingdom in the midst of our (and Creation’s) shared decay.

As we live our lives in the middle of the COVID19 pandemic, social and political unrest, and the usual challenges and worries that we face as individuals and a society, groaning and waiting are things with which we are all too familiar.  I’ve often been asked by others and have wondered myself:  When will this end?  When will things get back to normal?  When can we do church programming like we used to?  

Paul’s words are both encouraging and frustrating.  We hope for what we do not see and we do it with patience (paraphrase of 8:25).  I am convinced that although we don’t know when these current crises will end, they will come to an end.  I am also convinced that God’s salvation is unfolding in our midst and that we are called to be active participants in that saving work.  We are the greatly anticipated Children of God of which Paul is speaking.  It’s up to us to work toward abundant life and wholeness (salvation) for all of Creation.  This means doing a lot of hard work: taking measures to help slow the spread of the Corona Virus; ministering to those who have lost jobs and have experienced hardships because of the pandemic; being faithful witnesses for the cause of racial and economic justice; continuing to nurture young and old in their life’s journey; and the list goes on and on.

It’s clear to me that our words and actions are able to move us a long way through the process that is God’s saving work.  May we be patient, brave, and open to the Spirit’s guidance and call in our lives.    

While we wait with hope and expectation, please don’t hesitate to contact me for pastoral care or for help.  My number is: 814-279-5504.

Blessings and Health,

Pastor Matt

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One Comment on “Pastor Matt’s Musing”

  1. Rev. Ray Brown Says:

    Thank you Pastor Matt. for the reassuring words for these prolonged & uncertain times.
    From people who experienced first hand from a 2019 flu death.
    Blessings to you, your ministry and your household.
    In faith.
    Ray & Louise

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