Creation Groans

Can you hear it?

Listen closely, there –

a quiet, solemn shudder

deep within the marrow of the earth.

It courses through each earthy vein and rises,

a weighty groan of sorrow.

Heard –

earth’s subtle, solemn groan

when blasts of terror shook her face

as her own children

fathered fear and

turned to take each other’s lives.

Heard –

earth’s sigh of longing

when she opened wide her arms

to hide away another dusty frame,

once more outrun by one more soul

to claim redemption’s prize.

Heard,

but scarcely –

earth’s parched whisper

above an inferno of affliction,

an anguished quake of

cheated peace.

She groans,

the solemn shudder growing stronger

but never strong enough

to drown expectant hope –

earth’s redemption

and our own awaits.

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.Romans 8:22-23