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First Week in Advent: Tuesday

Today's readings are

Psalm 45:1

Leviticus 26: 2 - 4

Romans 8:26

It is the third of these that I find most readily links, for me, with the concept of hope:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit herself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. (Catriona's Hebraised Edition)

Sometimes it is nigh on impossible to pray.  If we are exhausted.  If we are unwell.  If we are anxious.  If we are angry.  If we are bewildered.  If we are overwhelmed.  The list is - I suspect- endless.  This is not about making excuses for not praying, for deducing it really doens't matter because God knows anyway.  Rather it's a source of hope, a glimmer of light in the darkness of our fatigue, sickness, ire, confusion, lostness, a promise that God's Spirit helps us, a promise that when words or concepts fail us the Spirit steps in and prays on our behalf - a go-between Spirit, an intercessor, a breath of life where all seems dead, a fire to consume the darkness, an oil to soothe...

Sophia, Wisdom of God

Pnuema, Breath of God

Ruach, Wind of God

Paraclete, Comforter, Helper

Spirit of Hope

Pray for Us


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