Empathy. Comfort. Care. Concern. All human beings need understanding. Oftentimes, listening is the best gift you can offer.
Prayer with another is also comforting. The words aren’t important, just sit together, pray silently, read an inspirational poem or scripture, have some tea and cookies.
Solitude makes depression and worry so much worse for people. Email and a card in the mail do when you aren’t close in distance, but if you are – stop by with a bouquet of yellow flowers, a book your friend might enjoy, but DO stop by.
What you need to survive is basic. Food, water and air. Some might say that you need some form of solace. Whatever that means to you, and however you find it – it is necessary to live. A place; whether real or imagined, a book or story-telling, a god or The God, words, songs, scripture – something that aligns with your world-belief. What would that be? What sustains you? Brings you peace of heart?
For me, it is simply; God’s grace. He forgives me and never brings it up again. He loves me no matter how far I turn away from Him. He is the light in my darkness, the laughter in my grandchildren, the joy in my heart and the peace in my heartache.
(From my personal meditation journal)
I spent decades asking God why my mom had to die. I finally – let it go. There are circumstances we will not know until we meet Jesus in person.
I don’t know how to pray when “I” have pain; so I say The Lords Prayer and it comforts me I may still have the pain, so it’s another circumstance I won’t know or understand — maybe ever. And, I’m actually, finally – okay with it.
A lesson is sometimes part of a plan we didn’t see. And/or closure from a situation we couldn’t see. Trusting You is all the vision I need.
For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.
He reveals profound mysteries beyond man’s understanding. He knows all hidden things, for he is light, and darkness is no obstacle to him.
Matthew 5:6-10 spoke to me in my morning bible study. It is half of the Beatitudes (the beginning focus on humility, mourners and the meek and lowly). It continues on to “those who are happy.”
The entire book of Matthew seems to be a guide — how to live a life that is pleasing to God, and how to be a light in dark places for others to find Christ. We are often the only positive example of Christianity a non-believer might see.
I, myself have overreacted in various life situations, I have hurt others with my words and I have been hurt by the words and actions of others. We are human, we are not perfect and imagining a life that is; sets us up for failure. I see each day as a new start, a new beginning, a new opportunity to change the heart of another. We are not put on this earth to merely live and exist, we are ultimately here to share the kingdom of God with all people, to live righteously (not perfect) and to love God with our heart and soul.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’
Romans 1:6-7 And you, dear friends in Rome, are among those he dearly loves; you, too, are invited by Jesus Christ to be God’s very own—yes, his holy people. May all God’s mercies and peace be yours from God our Father and from Jesus Christ our Lord.