We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 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. 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. [NRSV]
The Whole Creation is Groaning
Labor Pains, Growing Pains, vs Aches and Pains
School shoots, political thrashing, volcano eruptions, threats nations and neighbors. It is obvious in 360* view that someone, somewhere is groaning, complaining, fearful, and under attack. It is overwhelming!
Where do we turn? Where is our solid ground? Where is our safety net? Who can save us?
Where is our Hope?
God is our hope and we most often experience God the the Spirit form. We talk more about God and Jesus, but the Spirit moving, speaking, singing, directing and guiding us is our most common experience of God in our lives.
Remind your neighbor. God’s Holy Spirit is in me. “I’ve Got Spirit, Yes I do, I’ve Got Spirit, how about you?”
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It is a special day in the life in of Church we celebrate being people of the Holy Spirit.
Pente-cost: We celebrate this Sunday, fifty days since Easter, as a looking back in the grief, lostness and chaos of life without Jesus by our physical side, to see that the world continues to spare chaos and God is about creating order, purpose and relationship.
In our Weakness
Paul instructs us and the church in Rome:
- While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And while we are afraid, God is Strong.
- When we are doubting God is holding fast. When we are confused, God is the foundation.
- When we are beaten down, weary and give out, God knows our hearts and intercedes..
When we are in the painful place of uncertainty: and we are even as a global church, The Holy Spirit is calling us to the heart of God, to the Word of God and to the be the people of God for a world in chaos.
God intercedes for Us
The Good News is the God is expecting us to do the trusting and God do the leading. Our trusting we call HOPE>
- Hope is trusting what we cannot explain nor understand
- Hope is trusting God, when there are alternatives to place our trust.
- Hope is leaning in, depending on God to be God and for us to follow,
- Hope is not protecting what we have dominion and control over, it is give God what we think of as our own and trusting God to use all that we are.
Trust God (Hope) to Show up through the Holy Spirit.
When you hear the voice of crazy-making: Call for God to speak words of peace
When you have no words, let God speak through your ‘sighs’ and ‘groans’ let me hear you sigh and groan. You’re good at it. Sometime we need to not speak and turn to God’s word to speak for us.
Before we join in another chorus of complaining and blaming, sing two verses of trusting God to speak through you. Don’t add to the world’s blaming and complaining..
Share God’s words and wisdom of hope, faith, trust, power, and grace.
Have you ever had an attorney speak for you… they will help keep you out of trouble when you want to speak for yourself. Attorney’s get a bad wrap, but in times of chaos they help guide us through the law, speaking in our best interest, this is how Paul reminds us to trust the Holy Spirit.
Stop fussing, don’t fear, stop pointing fingers and assigning blame, turn to the Holy Spirit and God’s word to guide us.
Fight the urge to be correct, to be justified in the moment, to win the argument, to take offense at a post on social media, to label and objectify a person or group…. Lean into the trust/hope that God is longing to speak through us.
Hear the Bad News:
The world is in chaos, because we have placed our hope in other voice.
Hear the Good News:
God continues to love us and call us to hope/trust through the labor, through the chaos, God is with us. Listen to God, Follow God, Hope for God, live for God.