The Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 8:22 resonate with a chilling intensity in our current times: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now.” This groan isn’t just a national phenomenon, fueled by political discord (though that’s certainly a significant source of angst).

Look around you. A pervasive sense of burden seems to weigh heavily on people of all ages. It manifests in the physical aches and pains accumulated over time, the ever-present financial strain that tightens our grip on every dollar, and the emotional toll of navigating an increasingly complex world. We scramble for solutions, throwing ourselves into physical therapy, yoga studios, and financial planning seminars – anything to silence the internal groan.

While these aren’t labor pains in the literal sense, they do echo a deeper yearning. A yearning for something more,something better. Reflecting on Romans 8:22 can be a powerful exercise in self-examination. It compels us to ask a crucial question: “In our relentless pursuit of physical or material comfort, have we neglected the spiritual dimension of our lives?”

Perhaps the creaking knees and the nagging back pain aren’t the only things groaning. Maybe our spirits are groaning too, yearning for sustenance just as profoundly as our bodies. Instead of scheduling one more water aerobics class, perhaps a mindful exploration of faith, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or delving into the wisdom of the Torah could bring a deeper sense of peace.

Labor pains, though intense, precede the immense joy of new life. Recognizing the spiritual pain in our souls requires our attention just as much as the physical one. It might be the very key to unlocking that long-sought-after sense of wholeness and purpose.


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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