While the Divas (Divinely Inspired Vivaciously Affectionate Sisterhood) gather together annually to play dress up, share in word and song, watch funny movies, and generally disregard the 40+ years it has been since we attended Houghton College, a crucial component within the group centers around prayer.
After singing, each woman catches us up on her life, family, and prayer requests. With notebooks in hand, we each add an updated sheet to keep throughout the year. When we email prayer requests in later months, we have the full story, often with photos, so we can visualize those for whom we pray.
Something about the serenity of water often draws me to begin private prayer to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who, ex nihilo (out of nothing) created this world. Yet St. Paul relates in Romans 8, both the brokenness and the assured hope we Christians cling to regarding the future:
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
19For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
22For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
23And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
“But for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret Master of Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,’ can truly say to every group of Christian friends, ‘You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.'”