JUST BE THERE.
Don’t try to change things. Don’t try to ignore things. Don’t make excuses for things.
Just be there. Fully and genuinely.
When a friend or loved one is suffering, they just simply need you to be there on their side, in their corner, with them in the present moment.
King Solomon clearly said,
“There is a time for everything….a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1a & 4
Being there is not always easy.
It takes effort to clear the schedule and make the time to be there.
It takes courage to join a suffer-er in their space and be open to the moment of just being there.
It takes love to sit in silence and hold a hand, to weep, to laugh, to mourn, and to dance in the being there.
BUT – please have confidence that you can do it.
This is probably the one thing that meant the most to me as I was enduring my battle with cancer.
“David walked into the room and took me in his arms. Without words, I drew close to him, leaned against his chest and hugged him. We swayed gently to the music….no words. Emotions gave way with an ever so gentle explosion of sighs and tears….I felt so loved, so uplifted, and strangely refreshed. Through the reach of my husband, God comforted me….” p. 34 & 35 Towdah, A Cancer Survivor’s Song of Hope
A time to weep….
“Walking across the parking lot on a short shopping outing, my girls chuckled along with me as my shoe flipped off flying ten feet in front of us!” p. 68 Towdah
A time to laugh…
Joining in and engaging with me was the most precious of all things that helped ease my pains, both physically and mentally. In these moments, HOPE reigned because there was love in the being there with me, no matter what the moments held.
Suffering is all around us. Many are afflicted. I pray that you will trust in God’s equipping you to find ways to ease the pain of a friend or loved one this Christmas season.
Be His hands and lips and feet.
Carry the burdens,
do good and share,
and love by just being there in the moment.
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