19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now (Romans 8).
“Watching and waiting, looking above …” — these are lyrics from Fanny Crosby’s hymn, Blessed Assurance. These are also the words in verse 19. Fanny Crosby was totally blind, yet she was always “watching and waiting” for the Savior’s return. Creation has no eyes, but still is personified as “watching and waiting” for the end of suffering to come. Like a mother in childbirth, creation also “groans” for the birth of freedom from “slavery” to “glory” for the “sons/children of God.”
Even as children are now eagerly “watching and waiting” for Christmas to come, celebrating the birth of the Savior and the giving of gifts, Christians should be “watching and waiting” for return of this same Savior and the giving of glory.
Lord, help us This Day to join with all creation in this blessed “watching and waiting” for the end of all suffering, and the beginning of indescribable glory. May every present under the tree remind us of the wonderful gifts awaiting us in glory. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen.