We do not know what we should rightly pray for,
but the spirit intercedes with groans that cannot be uttered,
and he searching our hearts perceives the mind of the spirit,
since as God commands the spirit intercedes to help the saints.
~ Romans 8:26-27
from your first breath,
breathes God’s loving intentions through you.
in your weakness,
don’t know enough to welcome this silent grace.
Your days are littered
with numbed neglect of your soul
and unresponsiveness to the groans of creation.
When you pray
the noises of your mind clamor and disrupt
the stillness where you had hoped to find rest.
Yet below the words
in a deeper, mysterious consciousness
the divine within appeals to the divine above.
There your heart is laid bare,
and with sighs too deep for words
the spirit intercedes to help you find your way.
This day’s sorrow
takes the hand of your heart’s undying gladness
and crosses over into the mystery where hope resides.
Words © 2015 Mark Lloyd Richardson