Sigh

Last week a news story of a Toronto boy named Carter sent waves around the internet.

He was shovelling piles of snow, dealing with a pandemic, and couldn’t yet go back to in-person learning because his school had been closed because of the storm.

As he talked with the reporter he let out an exasperated sigh along with the words “I’m tired.” The video became so popular because his sigh resonated with what so many people have been feeling. [See link below.]

It made me recall Romans 8:26 (NRS): “the [Holy] 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.”

With sighs too deep for words.

I’d like to invite you to do something. In these wearying days, every time you sigh, let yourself be reminded that God’s Spirit is interceding for you even when you’re frustrated, at wit’s end, don’t finish your to-do list, or can’t string one single coherent sentence together.

God is so good to us! Not only does he understand us, but he comes to our aid like a loving parent who flees toward a child who is falling or has fallen.

“the [Holy] Spirit helps us in our weakness… that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”

Sigh…

And give thanks.


Notes:

–You can see Carter’s hard work and video clip on CTV News here.

–Sermon, January 23, 2022: “The Holy Spirit makes your spirit whole.

–Bible study podcast, January 23, 2022: “John the Baptist introduces the Lamb of God (John 1:19-34).”

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