Paul tells us that “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
Sometimes we just don’t know what to say, how to pray in the face of the pain and suffering in this world. Sometimes the causes for sorrow stack up, come to us concentrated. This is one of those weeks, beginning with the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon last Monday. On Wednesday evening there was a massive explosion in West, Texas with many deaths, the number still uncertain. Late Wednesday night one of Christ Church’s former members, Bobbie Harmon, died peacefully; it was my honor to visit with her just hours earlier and help her prepare to meet Jesus. This morning the violence in Boston continued as authorities closed in on the terror suspects. And there are several other pastoral needs and sorrows of which I am aware this week in our community.
We do not worship One who is unfamiliar with suffering, but who has suffered with and for His creation. We cling to the promise of resurrection, that victory belongs to Jesus who, when He returns “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
In the meantime, “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
In His Mercy,