SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:26-27
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 with sighs too deep for words. 27 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.
Blair Alison Pogue offers an important reminder based on this Scripture passage that “If God’s promises are true, if Paul is correct, we will never be separated from God’s companionship and community. God will always have the last word.”
Pogue’s words, along with Paul’s declarations, offer hope during times of stress, loneliness, and trouble. In this current time of dealing with a pandemic when we are sheltering-at-home and practicing social distancing, companionship and community may seem to be lacking for many of us. From faith communities to educational communities to work communities and so many more, being cut off from these groups has left many depressed, angry, and feeling lost. But hopefully, we can find comfort and encouragement when holding tight to Pogue’s reminder that “we will never be separated from God’s companionship and community. God will always have the last word.”
As you move through this day, keep these verses near to you, on your heart, in your mind. Let them be your breath prayer. When you are feeling lonely, stressed, angry, depressed, or lost, reread them or pray them (in your heart or aloud) and invite the Spirit to help you be at peace.
God of amazing love, thank you that we are never separated from your love and care. Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit that moves throughout the world and helps us to know you more. May your Holy Spirit strengthen us for challenging times and also enlighten us during times of uncertainty. Amen.