A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, July 2, 2020
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. (Romans 8:26-27)
Rinse of the Soul
It’s like being trapped in your own soul!
The feelings, the worry, the concern, the frustration,
The anger, the confusion, the anxiety, the depression.
Then rinse and repeat
Quick little off-topic side note on that last line
Ever since I was embarrassed in sixth grade health class
Into showering daily rather than bathing weekly,
It’s been my practice to shampoo, rinse and repeat.
When I tried to make some ironic joke about that line last year
The four people in my house with longer hair than me
Looked incredulous and asked:
“You don’t really do that, do you?
That’s just a way to sell more shampoo?!
Whatever the case, I still rinse and repeat every day.
Something about another saying involving
And old dog and new tricks ….
And as I think again about being trapped in your own soul
I’m not sure the line rinse and repeat
Really works there either.
Because while there’s plenty of repeating when it comes to
Getting trapped in our souls
By worry and concern and frustration,
Anger and confusion and anxiety and depression…
Rinsing can be hard to come by
As those feeling swirl around and around and around and around
Trapped in our souls.
With all the feelings trapping us in our souls these days
From civic and social unrest
To the pandemic and it’s impact
On our health, the economy and our social interaction…
I mean it’s taken the Parish Health Team
Two solid months of planning
So that we can Gather Anew for worship this Sunday
As safely as possible.
And figuring out how a safe way
To visit with grandparents for the Fourth of July
Has taken another Constitutional Convention.
Do I go out or stay in?
If it go out, where is it safe to go?
Will everyone be in masks?
And then there’s those big civic and social questions:
What’s my role in helping to reconcile race relations?
What’s my role in supporting law enforcement
And helping to hold them accountable in appropriate ways?
And the questions swirl around and around and around,
When today God though the Apostle Paul rinses our souls:
The Spirit helps us in our weakness;
We when cannot even find the words to pray,
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.
Friends, the Spirit knows all that swirls within your trapped souls.
Indeed, Spirit swirls with you there too … interceding to God on your behalf.
May you find peace in the Spirit’s intercession for you.
Find peace to pray regular with the words given to you
By the Spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name …
Find peace perhaps even through the spiritual practice of journaling.
Write out all the questions that are swirling your trapped soul
Like writing a letter to God.
And just see if you don’t get the sense
That the Spirit is aware of what you are writing
Even before you are. Amen.