“… for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs to deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)
Watching and listening to the news has made me weary. The riots that began in Ferguson seem like they’ve simply moved to different cities – to New York, to Berkeley, and now to Baltimore. There are stories of earthquakes that cause death tolls to climb daily. There are stories of windstorms and churning seas. There are more and more stories of violence in our community. It makes me wonder why God isn’t fed up with us. Why doesn’t God come save us from ourselves?
But maybe, just maybe, God still has hope in us. We know our hope begins, ends, and is found in God – the same one who became human to show us how to love and to kick Death, our ultimate fear-inducer, in the teeth so that we were no longer acting from fear and could act from love. But what if God has hope in us? What if God see us and knows the love we’re capable of sharing and bringing about? What if we believed this about ourselves?
You see, I believe that we are capable of more than throwing our hands up and being tired of the news. God did not create this world to be filled with violence and exhaustion. I know we were created for more. We were created to be God’s hands and feet in this world, to bring love, peace, and grace into this world. We were created to be signs of God’s kingdom on earth and to point to the places where God is active and the places where God is calling us to act.
Knowing what to do and when to do it is a tricky thing. For some of us, the Spirit thrusts us into the thick of it. For some of us, the Spirit simply whispers in our ear and nudges us. Either way, know that God is calling us to do something different – God is calling us to act.
As we continue through the Season of Easter and into Pentecost, we will hear stories of the Spirit’s increasing involvement in the disciples’ lives. Can we hear the Spirit’s nudge in our lives as well?
Lord, listen to your children praying. Lord, send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying. Send us love; send us pow’r; send us grace. (ELW 752)