• Marti Wells-Smith

When Words Aren't Enough

Updated: Feb 17

Dear Kindred Spirits in Christ,

As I reflected on what I want to share with you in my very first blog, I came across a paraphrased version of Romans 8:26. It said, "God understands the cries of our heart, even when they're too deep for words."

This struck me in a profound way. There have been times in my life when I couldn't find the words, when words seemed inadequate and superficial. Following the unexpected loss of my son in 2019, I was often only able to lift up guttural sounds to the Lord. Muffled moans. Screaming syllables. I knew He heard them, and I know His compassion and mercy moved me beyond the initial shock and sadness.

At that point in my life, the Holy Spirit interceded with His invisible comfort that covered and sustained me through the darkest hours. As believers, we sometime struggle to understand, but many of us come to the rightful conclusion that we can't - and that we must trust the Lord's decision with all of our hearts. And so I somehow did, and continue to do so. I wonder who among you is wrestling with childlike acceptance at this very moment.

When our worlds are shaken and changed beyond anything we could have imagined, words are indeed inadequate to describe it. But words are what we have, mixed with emotions and experiences, with memories and hope. And I believe that our goodbyes are not forever, that there is more, much more that awaits us. With this said, we have to find a way to keep going and help each other through the valleys in our lives.

God's Holy Word is the exception to the limitations I speak of here. In His Words, life itself emerges, with instructions for every circumstance and promises waiting to be claimed...

I want you to know that you are in my prayers - for we all need them - and for a multitude of reasons. Most likely, I will never meet you in this fleshly world, but perhaps in the world to come we'll share some beautiful moments together. For now, I can only offer you my words, as insufficient and common as they may be - believing that God receives them, counts them as good when they come from my heart, and moves upon my faith as I reach out to you. May He bless us today and every day.

Love Always,


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