h/t David French, from a month ago, after the tragedy in Aurora, CO. “Reminders of the Fall; Evidence of Grace”:
My pastor once said that one way to describe our purpose on this Earth was to fight back against the Fall — fight back in our own hearts, which betray us again and again, but also fight back in our communities and nation. For some that means putting your body between a girlfriend and a gun, for others it means answering that call for help every time it comes, and for others it means quietly leaving your best casserole on a friend’s kitchen counter.
As we cling to grace in this present age, we know that an even greater future awaits. In the words of Saint Paul: “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. For this hope we were saved.” In other words, there is hope now, but that hope pales in comparison to the hope to come — and that knowledge of that hope should never leave our minds and hearts.