“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
“…some people brought to [Jesus] a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ (which means, ‘Be opened!’) At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.”
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
Heavenly Father, in holy stillness you wait to hear the cry of your child.
You ask us to exhale our deep concerns into your great compassion. When we are powerless to articulate, the Spirit breathes a lament on our behalf.
We sigh our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, who groaned for our pain and with the substance of his own body covered our wounds.
Listen to ‘Be Still, My Soul‘ by The Lower Lights