When words fail
(The Philippine Star) - May 30, 2020 - 12:00am

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. — Psalm 33:22

Not long ago I sent my wife, Cari, a text message using only voice prompts. I was on my way out the door to give her a ride home from work and intended to send the words, “Where would you like me to pick you up, old gal?”

Cari doesn’t mind my calling her “old gal” — it’s one of the affectionate nicknames we use around the house. But my cell phone didn’t “understand” the phrase, and sent the words “old cow” instead.

Fortunately for me, Cari immediately understood what had happened and found it funny. She later posted my text message on social media and asked, “Should I be offended?” We were both able to laugh about it.

My wife’s loving response to my awkward words that day makes me think about God’s loving understanding of our prayers. We may not know what to say when we pray or even what to ask for, but when we belong to Christ, His Spirit within “intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26) and lovingly helps us articulate our deepest needs before Him.

Our heavenly Father doesn’t stand at a distance waiting for us to get our words right. We can come to Him with every need, assured that He understands and receives us with love.

—  James Banks

Abba, Father, thank You that I can come to You without fear of having to get my words just right. Help me to keep company with You today.

READ: Romans 8:22-27

God’s love is beyond words.

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 10-12 and John 11:30-57

GOD
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