Letting the Spirit Help Me

Are you good at accepting help? When you have too much to do, do you let other people take some of the tasks off your plate?

If so, I’d sure like to learn your secret. Because in most areas of my life, I’m an “I have to do it myself” kind of gal.

I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the messages I internalized in childhood—messages that the women around me probably had no idea they were even sending—that a woman should be able to do it all herself. Maybe it comes from efficiency; after all, it’s quicker to do a task myself than explain to others how to do it.

The reality, though, is that it’s better when I let other people help. Not only does it take the heat off of me, it also allows for the positive surprise, the thing I didn’t plan, the little bit of grace at work.

This, then, is why the First Reading speaks to me.

“The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26).

I like to think of the Spirit as the friend who doesn’t even wait for permission but just dives in, helping us before we even think to ask. If you—like me—have a hard time relaxing your grip on the steering wheel of life, this is good news indeed.

And this help is not directed only at concrete chores, but at our spiritual life.

I may think that I am in full control of when and how I pray, but the reality is that the Spirit is there, too. When my prayer feels especially rich, or when I’m inspired to try something new, or when I have a sudden transcendent awareness of the divine even though I’m not formally “praying,” I suspect that’s the Spirit lending a hand. These are the positive surprises, the bits of grace at work.

They’re the reminder that in prayer—as in everything—we don’t go it alone.

I like to think of the Spirit as the friend who doesn’t even wait for permission but just dives in, helping us before we even think to ask. // Ginny Kubitz Moyer Click To Tweet

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Ginny Kubitz Moyer is a mother, high school English teacher, and BBC period drama junkie. She is the author of three books, including Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses and Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood. Ginny lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two boys, and about thirty thousand Legos.  She is the author of our Blessed Conversations: The Seven Sacraments found here and a contributing author to our Advent devotional book, All the Generations. You can find out more about her here.

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    Ashley Lienhart
    October 30, 2019 at 7:19 am

    The first reading truly spoke to me as well, particularly the last verse, “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified, he also glorified.”

    HOW BLESSED ARE WE that the Lord that created the mountains and seas, that moved those mountains, that brought miracles beyond our imaginations, that breathed life into our families our friends our pets and even ourselves GLORIFIES US!!! When we should be praising and glorifying Him, He’s not basking in it (as I know I tend to do) HE’S GIVING IT BACK TO THOSE HE LOVES! Sisters, I’m not sure why this spoke to me so much this morning, but I couldn’t not share the goodness that is the God that we serve! Thank you for this reminder this morning! I pray during the hard times and the good, that this reminder, that YOU ARE GLORIFIED BY CHRIST, is engrained in your heart that you may never forget how blessed and, loved you are! Happy Wednesday Sisters!!! 💛

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