Romans 8

At times it is easy to pray.  We know exactly what to say, what to ask for, what we are grateful for.

John better timesOther times we can only sit in muted frustration wondering what would be best.  Wondering why things are the way they are.  Angry that circumstances haven’t worked out as we thought.

My buddy John is near death.  Of course we have been saying that for months now.  It is “almost” over.  All affairs are in order.  All arrangements made.  Everyone is ready to “accept” his departure.

John's radiation experience
John’s radiation experience

He’s ready to go.  He wants to be home with Jesus.  His family “wants” that for him also.

But he hangs on.   Why Lord?  Why after all he has suffered and all that he has been through haven’t you let him cross over?

One of John’s family noted he has never been on time for anything else — why should this be different?

Romans 8:26-28

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers[l] in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

In the end we can only trust.  Trust there is a reason.  Trust that God knows best.  Trust that John’s clinging to life has a purpose.  John waits

So Lord — hear the groanings of our hearts.  Hear and know what we feel and help us to see what you have in mind.

In the meantime — grant John peace.  Give his family comfort.  Help us all to understand — or at least to accept.

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