Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Hymn-a-Day May series. I pray that these paired daily selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
Romans 8:25-28 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
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[a] with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God,[b] who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit[c] intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.[d]
28 We know that all things work together for good[e] for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:25-28 is one of the most beloved passages of scripture. In these few verses, Paul addresses hope, patience, the work of the Holy Spirit to help us in our times of weakness, and prayer. This is a timely passage for us. He says that “we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” Have you had that experience of having no idea what to pray or how to pray, but can only sigh? Those sighs that are too deep for words are enough.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster