Has there ever been a time when you have been so surprised or amazed that you have been left speechless? When you think of this experience(s), what was it that you found so difficult to express at the time? Was it something you didn’t understand about what was going on, or something that filled you with emotions so deep you had no words for them? Did you feel shocked, or pleased, or overwhelmed or flabbergasted? Or was everything a muddle in your mind?

Have there been times when you have been praying and the desire for what you were seeking was so deep that you felt there were no adequate words? Did you groan or weep? Did simple words like “help me!” or “PLEASE, Lord!” make up the entirety of what you could utter in the depths of your desperation? Did you take any comfort from the verse that says the Holy Spirit groans for us when we don’t have the words to pray?

Has there been a time when you were so content, or so at peace, or so happy that a word would spoil it — such as sitting quietly watching a sleeping child or a serene sunset?

Have there been times when you have been worshiping when you felt you had no words grand or wonderful enough to express who God is, or was to you right then, or how He was meeting you, or blessing you? When you were lost in that awe, what did you do to fulfill that longing to express worship?

How long has it been since you have allowed the Lord to wow you into silence — since wonder of His great and amazing and unexplainable love, grace and mercy have left you speechless?

by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries