Unspoken Groanings


As I get older, I notice that I can often communicate with a groan or a sigh as much or more than with actual words. If my wife is deciding on making a purchase in store and she hears me sigh, she interprets that as “i don’t like this”. And she says, “ok, i don’t need this today”.

Now, before you get the impression that I am a sighing monster, I don’t consciously do this. I don’t think about sighing as a means to discourage her. It just happens. It usually means I have seen everything I need to see and am bored. But, if we save a little money, well, . . .

I think the Holy Spirit is better at this than I am, certainly. When I go to the Lord in prayer, I have no fear in what to say, because even when I say nothing, God is in communion with Himself and can share far more within Himself than I can with mere words. God knows all about it. So why pray?

Pray involves the act of submitting to the Lord, of agreeing in your heart that He is God. Of bowing your head before Him in acknowledgement of His Sovereignty and His Lordship. Prayer is all of that, but also talking to my Friend, sharing stuff that happens, and just spending time with Him. We need that. He wants that.

So take a few today to spend time with Him. God bless you.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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