No more let sins and sorrows grow…

creation groans

(reprinted from December 24, 2013)

Romans 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

I’m aware this Christmas Eve 2013 that I am joining with Christians all around the world, millions and millions of us, to wait patiently, though groaning inwardly, for God to complete what was started in Bethlehem a long, long time ago.

Come, Lord Jesus.

I wish all of my readers a very merry Christmas and a joy-filled new year.

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

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8 Responses to No more let sins and sorrows grow…

  1. Laurie Fuller December 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Merry Christmas Doug to you and your family. I miss you terribly at church. I only hope you find everything you wish for this coming year. Jesus will be with us all one day when we get called home to sit with him and our God.
    Thanks for always being there for me when I need it!

    • Doug December 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      Miss you too, Laurie. And am wishing you a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Don Wagner December 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Merry Christmas Doug.


    • Doug December 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      Am grateful for our friendship, Don!

  3. mike December 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Hi Doug –

    I’ve been going about my day today feeling unusually at peace. I know it’s because
    I’m feeling unusually thankful for my faith. I wish that for all of us – all the time.
    I’ve enjoyed your blog and the thoughts of those who chime-in.

    Merry Christmas


    • Doug December 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      Am thankful for my friendship with you, Mike. Merry Christmas!

  4. Kathy Benson December 25, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Merry Christmas, Doug, to you and your beautiful family.
    So very grateful for your blog. What a gift!

    Peace and Joy on this Christmas morn,
    Kathy Benson

    • Doug December 25, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      It’s a wonderful surprise to hear from you, Kathy! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Miss you.