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.
As I write this message, it’s still All Saints Day.
As I write this message, I’m at a loss for words.
I was struck speechless in worship as we read the names, as we named the losses. The names of people I’ve known. The names of people I’ve buried. The names of people I’ve never met. And the numbers… the number of American lives lost to COVID. The number of human lives lost to COVID.
That sum total of loss left me at a loss for words. I’m still at a loss for words. Church — that doesn’t happen to preachers very often.
What do I say? How do I even pray?
How? I lean on the wisdom of Romans. I remember that in this moment of recognizing loss, a moment that defies words… I don’t need words. I can wordlessly pour out my heart to God, knowing that the Spirit fills in the blanks when all I can do is sigh.
By the time you read this, perhaps I’ll have found my words again. But if not… I’m comforted by the thought that the Spirit will fill in the blanks then, too.
In this moment that defies words, friends… may you remember these words::
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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