Sigh Too Deep For Words – Rev. Micah James

With kids life can sometime feel like we are going from one task to the next and from one “tragedy” to the next. “Where is my bear?” “Why is my blanket dirty?” “I don’t want that for dinner.” “I want to stay up a few more minutes!”

It is in these moments that patience can run thin, and I can get frustrated. In these moments, I struggle with wanting to be a great parent and knowing my own limits of child development. How much do I let them struggle on their own? When do I step in and help? When do I set hard limits? When do I compromise? All of these are struggles that all parents navigate.

These struggles enter into my prayer life, as I pray for my kids and my family, sometimes I am not exactly sure what to pray for. I am not sure I want to pray for them to have a struggle-free life, because I know struggles bring growth. I also know I don’t want them to experience pain when they really don’t understand what it means. It makes for a complicated prayer.

I am comforted by this scripture, “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 NRSV

I love the phrase, “with sighs too deep for words,” because as I sigh with the frustrations of parenting, I am reminded that the Spirit is sighing on behalf of my family and interceding on our behalf. It is such a beautiful image of love and care from our Creator, the one who gave us the Spirit as a guide and friend.

Holy One, thank you for all the beauty of life. The beauty in which we find the ordinary ways of life, even in the moments that bring us to sigh. Thank you for the Spirit who sighs with us and for us. Amen. 

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