We are each doing something right now…without really realizing it. We are breathing. But there are different kinds of breathing. Everyone take in a deep breath. Now let it out fast. That particular kind of breath is called a sigh. Do it again. Breathe in. Breathe out. Usually we sigh when we are tired or sad or not feeling well. But sometimes we sigh when we are happy and comfortable and feeling very well. Sighing is a way of breathing that also speaks our thoughts and feelings without saying words.
Today is Pentecost and we celebrate the Holy Spirit. In our Bible story, we hear how the Holy Spirit came into the world like a rushing wind and the disciples were filled with words of wisdom to preach and pray. But sometimes, for us, we don’t know the right words to say. This is when the Holy Spirit upholds us. As the Bible says, the Holy Spirit helps us speak with sighs too deep for words. When we are so sad we don’t know how to pray to God, the Holy Spirit helps us sigh. When we are so happy we don’t know how to thank God, the Holy Spirit helps us sigh. And God understands all the unspoken words that fill our sighs and showers us with His love. Sighing is a way of praying that speaks our thoughts and feelings without saying words.
So the next time, you are not sure what to say, pray with a Holy Spirit sigh and God will know what you mean and what you need.
Will you say a prayer with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)
Thank You for words.
Thank You for prayers.
Thank You for prayers without words.
And with a big, happy sigh
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