Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  

Sighing Spirit

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. - Romans 8:26

I was once told to pay attention to your tears because they tell you a lot about your soul. This morning I heard about a bus driver in NYC who rushed out of his bus when he heard a commotion and ended up catching a little girl who fell from a third story window. Aside from a pulled shoulder he was fine. The little girl had autism and wasn't completely aware of how close she was to the window. This man's act of bravery and quick response saved the little girl's life. The story brought tears to my eyes. God is at work.

Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit speaks to us and assists our communication with God "with sighs too deep for words." Prayer doesn't always have to be with words. The work of the Spirit is beyond words and so it takes some awareness to observe how the Spirit is working in your life. What do those sighs feel like? Generally, I sigh when I've just realized something or when I finally relax. When do you sigh? When does the Spirit sigh in you? Where/when do you find your eyes welling up?

Lord, I don't always know how to pray. Much of the time I feel tongue-tied. Tune me into your sighing Spirit that I may come to learn to rest in your presence, to be grateful and to love others. Amen

Faithful travels everyone,
Pastor Lisa Buchanan

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River

VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011

*Reprinted from The Knapsack July 17, 2012