September 18, 2013: Creations’ Eager Longing

~by Susi Pittman

And every creature that is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and such as are on the sea, and all that are in them, I heard them all saying, “To him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, blessing and honor and glory and dominion, forever and ever.” (Revelation 5:13)

God creates because it pleases Him. In Genesis the first book of the Bible, we find God creating out of nothingness, all that is. On day five, God brought forth all the winged animals and all the animals of the sea and on day six, God brought forth every kind of animal that would walk upon the earth and the first human beings. I say this as I reference the above scripture from the final book of the Bible, the Book of Revelations. In the beginning animals were present and were proclaimed “good” by God. At the end of time, they are present praising God. Why is that important?

God is intimate with and enjoys all creation, not just humans.

In the beginning, there was a perfect harmony on earth between creation and man. God was in all and the world was without sin and degradation. There are times in this life where we can almost feel what it must have been to live in such a world. The remnants of untouched wilderness that we are privileged to visit, the naivete and lack of fear of man of animals who live in remote places, even the moments of unspoken understanding that we experience with our pets…all of these harken back to the beauty that God first intended.

If all creation, right down to the last nanosecond was created and exists because of God’s desire, how could we in our fallen nature disclaim God’s ability to receive that “good” which He sent forth, back to Himself where it is once again perfected where all is all in God?

Perhaps one of the most poignant and compelling scriptures for the redemption of all creation comes from the book of Romans:

For the eager longing of creation awaits the revelation of the sons of God. For creation was made subject to vanity—not by its own will but by reason of him who made it subject—in hope, because creation itself also will be delivered from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God. For we know that all creation groans and travails in pain until now. And not only it, but we ourselves also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit—we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:19-23)

If animals cease to be after death, then why would all creation be “groaning” along with mankind until now?

What God created with love and desire has not ceased to be His.

God plans to redeem all creation, not just mankind. Man bears the responsibility of sin upon the earth and is powerless to stop its contamination and effects upon all of the natural realm. God’s plan is perfect—in the end, all is redeemed.

And he who was sitting on the throne said, “Behold I make all things new!” and he said, “Write for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 21:5-6)

Vladimir Lossky was an influential Eastern Orthodox theologian and the author of the book, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church. He once wrote:

Man is not a being isolated from the rest of creation; by his very nature he is bound up with the whole of the universe…In his way to union with God, man in no way leaves creatures aside, but gathers together in his love the whole cosmos disordered by sin, that it may at last be transfigured by grace.

We and all of creation is destined for a huge celebration and restoration one day!

God tells us that it is His good pleasure to re-establish all things in Christ, both those in the heavens and those on the earth. (Ephesians 1:10)

All things

The Catechism of the Catholic Church postulates:

God is the author of Sacred Scripture. “The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (Part One: The Profession of Faith)

Thank you Father for loving all that You have created and Your promise of redemption through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.


Susi Pittman is founder of and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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