And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Thought for the Day: Go, sit, and pray for a hurting friend today.
“The Church doesn’t know anything about getting into someone else’s business.” As the pastor preached at Joyner’s Campmeeting last night, these words caught my attention. As friends, we sometimes see someone suffering through grief, betrayal, disappointment, and pain but we don’t know what to do for them. Many of us, I included, tend to pray for these friends in silence and not go to them in their time of need. The pastor gave the example of Job’s friends who came and sat with him in silence for two weeks. They didn’t know what to say so they just sat with him. Another story was about a little girl. Her mother waited for her to come home from school but she didn’t come until very late. When she asked the little girl where she had been she said, “My friend’s doll was broken and I helped her fix it.” The mother said, “You don’t know how to fix a broken doll, what did you do?” “I just sat with her on the front porch and cried with her.” Sometimes, it is not the words a “friend with a broken doll needs”, it is someone to be there – to cry with.
When my husband was killed in a car accident, I witnessed a group of people who just came. They came to bring food, they came to sit and tell stories about him, they came to give me support and to tell me to call them if I needed anything, and they came to cry. The bottom line is that they came. One friend, Carolyn, came and stayed. She didn’t stay overnight as she knew me so well that she knew I needed my alone time. But, every day she came. We ate together almost every evening and we laughed with each other. During those times together, she let me cry and she cried with me. In the sermon last night, “Behold, listen, take note, watch and don’t miss it…we tend to not pay attention to something right now. Don’t miss the Kingdom of Heaven in your midst right now.” My friend didn’t miss as she came to me. She was there “right now”. I didn’t miss as she came to me. I knew she was there “right now”. Is there someone I need to be there for “right now”. How will I do that today?
Prayer: Lord, listen to Your children praying! Thank you, God, for friends who come, just come, to sit and cry with us. Help us see when there is a need at go to someone and “just sit on the front porch with them and cry.” Help us show empathy to those we encounter “right now”. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those Helping Someone in Need