Our Spirits Groan

Craig

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October 2, 2017

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We see the news updates on our phones and can hardly believe what we are seeing. We turn on the TV and shake our heads, wordlessly, stunned at the carnage we once again witness in our broken world.

A morally lost 64 year-old man has killed more than 50 and wounded more than 500 attenders of an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. He’d probably never met any of them. The audio of machine gun fire, along with the video of thousands running, crouching, weeping, is almost more than our hearts and minds can handle.

We weren’t designed for this level of horror assaulting our senses. Yet in some part of the world indescribable violence is repeated on a regular basis. Mankind, even all creation, groans under the weight of sin.

As in the past, I turn to the honest, searching words of Romans for some degree of solace:

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:26-28 MSG

Lord, is there some way you might redeem even this horror? We can only hope.

 

 

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