When Words Fail

Sometimes we don’t have the right words.

When a friend loses a loved one.
When a family member is facing divorce.
When a co-worker is diagnosed with cancer.
When a spouse loses a job.

We can’t even figure out the right words when the hurting person is the one looking at us in the mirror.  We look and all we see is the challenge that seems to have no end….the mountain that appears insurmountable…the pain that is too much to bear. You can barely utter sounds – let along words – to cry out for help.

Today was a day like that.

And I had a blog to write. What a time for words to fail me.

But I was reminded tonight that we have a heavenly Father who doesn’t need words. He sends us his Holy Spirit to cry out for us as the Spirit helps us in our wordless  weakness:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27) 

When the world seems to be crumbling around us, He gathers us in His arms when we just turn our faces towards Him. It doesn’t take eloquent words, solid thoughts or even coherent sounds. I can come to Him broken, bleeding and mute….and He knows what I need. Those were just the words I needed tonight. – Jen Clark God used words uttered in the song “Better than a Hallelujah” tonight to remind me of this, particularly the refrain:

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

 If you have a moment, I hope you can enjoy this video of the song.


3 thoughts on “When Words Fail

  1. Oh, Jen, you made me cry… What a powerful blog! Thank you for sharing and for letting the Holy Spirit work through you on a difficult day.

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