Dark Places

Living in the Spirit
July 27, 2017

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-39

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. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. –Romans 8:26-30

I do not know about you, but I need the Spirit to intercede for me at times when I have no idea what to pray. Driving home after moving my mother from her own home to a nursing home was one of those times. Clutching the steering well tightly all the way home, I prayed God have mercy; Christ have mercy. There were no other words. Mom fell and broke a rib at my house. The doctor said she most likely had a small stroke in the balance center of her brain and would require 24/7 alert care. She understood what was being said and agreed with the plan, but it still did not seem right. It was a hard transition for her; confused her some. I think she first thought she was staying in a dorm like she did when her church had retreats. She was always a people person though, and she was soon participating in all the activities particularly enjoying the after-school visits of grade school children with whom she did crafts. She definitely loved the Lord and this seemingly bad situation worked out for good in many ways for her.

Hindsight helps when we face such wordless moments. Looking back and remembering the presence of God through the Holy Spirit gives us confidence that God remains with us and never leaves us hopeless or helpless as we face new challenges.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for always being present with us. Give us the courage to step out in faith and be your servants as you have called us to be even in the dark places. Amen.

All scriptures are quoted from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights are reserved.