Just listened to an outstanding Advent sermon (12/15/2013) from Rich Nathan at Vineyard Columbus, Ohio.
Nathan preached on suffering from Romans 8, explaining that as we wait for the final Advent, where there will be no more suffering, no more waiting, still (even to this very hour):
…the creation groans
… and yes, even the Holy Spirit within us groans.
Very intriguing, comforting thoughts from one of America’s fine preachers. Nathan’s sermon made me think of my favorite Advent Quotation, where J.R.R. Tolkien called the final Advent a
“joy beyond the walls of the world more poignant than grief.“
Ah yes, come Lord Jesus!