We Cry Out

We’ve been working our way through Romans in our local Bible study group, and last week we talked about the part in chapter 8 where Paul writes this:

“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 to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.”

As I’ve read the news this week, I have thought about these verses often. I feel it in my own heart: I am groaning inwardly. The whole world is groaning in pain. But the beauty of this passage is not in its realism, although the realism is important. We dare not downplay the pain. It is too real, too horrible, too heavy. In a global moment like this, we simply cannot ignore the brokenness of our world, or pretend that everything is fine. It’s not fine. At all. And yet, we see in these verses that although reality includes pain and groaning right now, reality is more than those things—there is a hope that is just as real—even more so. That’s what I tried to capture in this poem:


We groan
We labour
We cry out in pain
The world
So bro
            ken
Is crying again
And people are dying
And how will this end?

She groaned
She laboured
She cried out in pain
And then—
A son!
A saviour for men
Who groaned
Who laboured
Who cried out in pain
Who died
Our death
And how will this end?

It ends with a birth—
A resurrection

2 thoughts on “We Cry Out”

  1. Beautifully written

    A resurrection
    A new life
    Old things are passed away
    No more pain no more death
    Tears are wiped to stay away
    No more bro Ken mess
    Only happiness
    No more sad mess
    Only happiness
    A new day a new home a new life
    Men women children
    Our position- wife
    Bride of Christ
    Finally finally this is life

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