One day I found my son sobbing in a tree in our backyard. He had just experienced a heartbreaking loss, and there were no words to comfort him. Our outside farm dog had killed 20 of his 25 chickens. Only eight weeks ago, we had brought them home as a school project. Faithfully, he had raised them from small, fluffy yellow chicks to the young, white-feathered chickens that loved to sit in his arms. He had made a roost and a special feeder for them and was just beginning to enjoy gathering one or two eggs per day.

However, that all changed in a moment when our dog broke into the chicken coop. Going on a rampage, our dog killed all but five of his clucking children. Although living on a farm and seeing other animals die had toughened my son's outlook toward death, I knew only God could help him in his loss as he asked, "Why?"

As homeschooling moms and dads, the Holy Spirit offers us the same comfort when we struggle with the "whys" of life. So many days we feel heartbroken by the worries and pain of the world and don't know how to pray. May you find comfort in knowing that His Spirit is lifting you up before the Father even now while you can't find the words to express your heart. "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (Romans 8:26).

Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who understands my weaknesses. Please, intercede for me today because I don't know how to pray. In the name of Jesus, Amen.