A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Good morning everybody! It is June 2, I’m happy to be with you today and we have a Daily Dose of Good News from Romans 8:26-27. So, pretty short, but pretty powerful.
26 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. 27 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.
Here ends the reading.
When I woke up this morning, I did something different than my typical pattern. Usually, I roll out of bed, I come downstairs, and I come to a certain room in my house and I sit and pray, maybe drink a coffee. Today I did not do that. I checked my phone first. Usually I don’t let myself do that, because I want to pray before I look at whatever is going on in the world around me. But this morning, I looked at the news first, I looked at my phone first. And, I groaned. When I saw some of the news of what’s continuing to go on, both here in Columbus as well as around the world. So, this idea that the very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. I invite you in to that place. I invite you to bring all your heaviness of soul, and frustrations, and groans, and sighs, which are too deep for words, and bring them to God. Just surrender that to God. I know people have different ways of thinking about this, or different words for calling this. Some people bring their groans to God in a similar way to the disciples who were speaking in tongues when they were baptized by the Holy Spirit, so they may have their own prayer language that God has given them to pray. And that’s wonderful. So, yes, use that. Some people may simply come and not say anything and just come before the Lord and sigh and groan. And that’s great. Bring that. Surrender whatever it is that you have in your heart and in your soul to God- whether those words make sense to you or not. Even if all of those words come tumbling out without you even knowing what you’re going to say next. Just bring all that to God. Because God understands our groaning.
And the really nice thing is that God also has the power to do something about it. So, it’s not groaning before someone who is helpless. That’s actually why I checked my phone first thing. My youngest daughter is on vacation with some friends and I got a call in the middle of the night that she is sunburnt in a big way- specifically on her feet. If any of you remember seeing my youngest daughter, she is pretty light skinned; red haired, green eyed, pasty light. So her feet are swollen and bright red and she is miserable. So, she’s calling me at 4 in the morning and she’s groaning and she’s miserable. As a Mom, who’s not there, I’m limited in what I can do. I can offer medical advice, I can call the pediatrician this morning and convey that information on to her, I have suggestions, and I can pray for her from here. But unlike God who is all powerful, I’m limited in what I can do. My prayers are the best thing for her right now, so I bring those before God. And I invite you to bring whatever prayers you have before God today, and to remember that God is able to heal and to help. God can take our heaviness of heart and make that much lighter. Hence the butterflies. Because there’s so much heavy, if we can keep our eyes on God, bring our words, our groaning, our prayer language, our thoughts, everything we’ve got- just surrender it to God. It is freeing.
Along that line, as well, I would like to share some news for the congregation. We got word yesterday, that Carol Stewart has joined the heavenly kingdom of God, as of late Sunday night. So, I wanted to let you all know that. Carol Stewart, a butterfly in and of herself, joins many of the other butterflies that I know of, who have gone before her, to flutter around God in heaven- in whatever way that beautiful kingdom is set up to be. Whether that’s Ohmer Crowell, or Jim Roth, or Shirley Doolittle, beloved members of our congregation. I like to think of them all kind of clustered around, butterflying up there, together with God. With Carol, I know that Pastor Steve saw her on Sunday afternoon, and was able to go into her assisted living facility and pray for her, pray with her, even while she was unresponsive at that point. I know that I went over Sunday night, and sang to her through her window. Her eyes would get a little bit bigger during “Amazing Grace”. That was a comfort to me and it could be a comfort to you all, that she was very much wrapped in prayer and in song. I told her you all were praying her right up to the throne and cheering her on, and there was a beautiful sunset as I left. So, I like to think of her in that way. So hugs and love to all of you. May you just bring everything to God, before God. Knowing that, like a parent who hears their child, God loves you, and God will care for you, and God will comfort you, in all things. Take care everybody (blows a kiss). Bye-bye.