Scripture for the First Monday in Advent 2010

Romans 8:19-23 (NIV)

The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons 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 glorious freedom 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 as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Lord God, Creator of the Universe, we and all creation groan inwardly as we wait for You to return in glory to liberate us from bondage and bring us glorious freedom. Maranatha, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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