Sighs Too Deep for Words

Sighs Too Deep for Words

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8: 26

I cannot watch the movie, Titanic. It’s not that it is a bad movie. It’s a creative storyline and there are so many memorable scenes in it. More than once I have stretched out my hands and shouted, “I am the king of the world?”  Then there’s the theme song.  It will be in my head for the rest of the day just because I mentioned it. Yet, every time I sit down to watch it, I can’t do it. My tolerance of death as entertainment is radically declining.

Last week, I tried to force myself to watch it and couldn’t make it to the first commercial break.  The deep sea images of the sunken boat made me feel oppressively sad. Despite the violence required to sink the Titanic, the underwater images seemed so undisturbed. Like you could still imagine people dining and dancing in its great halls. The feeling was haunting.

This morning, while preparing my message for tonight’s Lenten service, I read Romans 8. The theme is about trying to see God’s promises in the midst of pain. It made me think about all the painful wounds in our lives we bury deep within our souls. Like the Titanic, these wounds were once abundant with life. Now they are buried in a faraway location, invisible to our neighbors and hidden from our daily discussions. The pain of them is something we don’t know how to handle.

There are times, we cannot find the words we need to describe our pain or what we need for healing. Maybe, we don’t even know what healing looks like. When we are feeling this way, Paul reminds us that the Spirit of God intercedes on our behalf. God searches out our hearts, discovers our need and prays for us even when we are unable. May these words help you discover how God’s promise sustains you even when your hurt seems too overwhelming for healing. No matter where you go, the Spirit of the Lord goes with you and will grant you rest.

Click to read: Romans 8: 26-27

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you cope with pain?
  • Where have you found healing for your spiritual wounds?
  • Do you find yourself trying to block God out of some parts of your life?
  • How does it make you feel that God searches our hearts to discover our needs?

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