Romans Day 7 // The Hope Which is Unseen

Image by Melissa Clayton

Image by Melissa Clayton

Romans 8:12-30

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” 

You could have me fooled that this line was written 2,000 years ago. For, surely it could’ve been written yesterday. 

My heart, as I’m sure yours as well, has been hurting for those involved with or misunderstanding of the selling of aborted baby parts by Planned Parenthood (revealed recently in a series of undercover videos). It is just so hard to understand how one can still advocate for such an organization after having knowledge of this. And it’s easy to become discouraged as one by one, states knock down proposals for investigation or find “no wrongdoing,” but it is also such an invitation to hope. To have hope in the “glory that has yet to be revealed.” Emphasis on the word “yet.” 

I participated in a #ProtestPlannedParenthood rally on August 22nd and was so moved. In a world where protest means “loud” and demonstration means “violent,” the peaceful confidence that I witnessed from pro-life advocates rang St. Paul’s words so true. We have hope and with that hope, we have confidence. What we say and do is only a small part of the way God is working and moving in hearts. And we have hope that He is in control of what we can see as well as what we cannot see. 

For, as St. Paul concludes, it would be silly to hope for what we already see. For it is already a reality, but it is hope in what we cannot see that we must wait for with patience – with peaceful confidence, for truth never changes. 

“Have no fear. The outcome of the battle for life is already decided, even though the struggle goes on against great odds and with much suffering." St. John Paul II

Today, pray this simple prayer with me –

God, you will reveal your glory to us in the coming age, we shall not fear. Our sufferings are nothing in comparison to your goodness and love. Holy Spirit, be with us. Teach us how to hope; teach us how to pray. Amen.