One of the units that my husband supports as Chaplain had a tragedy take place this past weekend so he is making a trip up there to help with counseling for the next couple of days. My heart is heavy for a young wife and mother and her three young children.
As my husband and I have talked about this, it made me realize the importance of not being afraid to enter into others’ hurts with them and physically BE THERE when they need someone. It may mean that we ourselves must deal with some pain as we hurt with the other person, but I think that’s the kind of life that Jesus would have us live–the life he modeled for us.
When I got the news that my youngest sister had been killed in a car accident, I called a very good friend to tell her the news. Instead of just talking to me on the phone, she and another friend came over within a half hour to sit with me, cry with me, put their arms around me. I cannot tell you how much that meant.
In the story of Job, his friends were at their best (before they started in on their diatribes!) when they simply came and sat and mourned with Job for seven days and seven nights. I wonder, in our busy lives, how many ministry opportunities do we miss because we don’t have time to just “BE” with someone in their hurt and pain?