On this blog I try to keep regular reminders to groan, because with all of our American comforts and luxuries, we sometimes are numb to the fact that this world isn't the way it's supposed to be. We know that, but I try to help myself feel it by posting my Don't Forget to Groan posts.
As important as it is to remember to groan, it's also important to remember that what we are groaning for is shalom...that is, the way things ought to be.
While this "webbing together of God, humans and all creation in justice, fulfillment and delight" will never be perfect until Jesus returns to make all things new, we do get little glimpses of it in this life. I found one such glimpse in this video of some unexpected reunions between children and their fathers as they return home from deployment. There's something glorious about seeing reconciliation happen, isn't there? It is, I think, a little foretaste of that awesome day when the entire cosmos will be reconciled to its Maker: