Dear precious Friends,
I pray you are waking up to this new day embracing the gift it is, thanking God for His goodness.
I have been thinking so deeply about those who have lost loved ones over this difficult season and what can we do to be there for them. If we can commit to coming along side of them, it will be a beautiful gift we give ourselves.
There is a great example of this in the book of Job.
“Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was” (Job 2:13).
Job was enduring massive heartache — terrible and permanent losses shaking him to the core. Sitting in ashes, he was a pitiful sight.
His three friends ministered to him. They wept aloud, tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads (Job 2:12), all common expressions of grief in their culture. Then they sat beside him in silence for seven full days before ever speaking any words of comfort.
When others are going through difficulties or if it is us, we need more than anything to know we aren't alone. When we feel alone, we are tempted to lose hope.
Isolation is where Satan invites us to descend the staircase of despair. But when someone offers to sit alongside us in our pain, we can find comfort in the quiet power of community.
Many of us don’t know what to say or do when someone is hurting.
Isn’t it refreshing to read this biblical example of simply sitting alongside someone to offer comfort? We can all learn to do this. When we sit beside others in their pain, God will work through us with His quiet power to remind them they are not alone, but seen and loved.
May we go out and comfort those who are in our lives who are walking out difficulties and know how to share God's love with them, just by being there.