This season of life has been filled to the brim with weary prayers and somber tears. Prayers for those who have lost loved ones. Tears for the weight of such loss.
And it never gets easier, these unwelcome goodbyes. Because it will always be too soon. We will always want one more moment.
And yet, in the midst of the darkest storms this broken world has to offer, we find hope. Because those we have lost here on earth have now seen God’s promises fulfilled. And I am sure they would say to us what Paul said in Romans chapter 8:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
And when we do not know what to pray–when the pain is too great and the burden too heavy–we rest in the confidence that the Holy Spirit is interceding on our behalf.
“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.”
Because of this, our souls become more steadfast in Him. And as we wait and hope, “these sterile and barren bodies of ours [yearn] for full deliverance.”
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.