The pain of every birth is a reminder of the hope that lies in God’s promise. Birthpangs are not merely a reminder of the futility of the fall; they are a sign of an impending joy: 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. For in this hope we were saved. (Ro 8: 22– 24; cf. Mt 24: 8)
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