TOUCHING THOSE WHO SUFFER
How do you bring hope to someone who is suffering? An elderly security guard at my workplace lost his wife yesterday after she had gone thru a lengthy illness. He doesn’t strike me as a ‘religious’ man. He has been pretty shook up these last several weeks, understandably so and though prayer was offered a number of weeks ago it seemed to bring no consolation. His supervisor broke the news to me this morning and based on how he had been acting I must know he was home alone suffering with his grief.
There are times when the biggest blessing can come from that which is not said. There is a story about Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was a dear friend of Sir Winston Churchill, regarding his visit to Churchill who at the time was near death. Eisenhower came, pulled up a chair, held Churchill’s hand and never said a single word. What he did for his friend may have offered more comfort than any words could have.
When it comes to those in distress, some sort of physical contact (if you feel it is warranted and acceptable to the individual) and/or a silent prayer for peace and comfort for them and wisdom and discernment for you is a very good place to begin. Words are not always necessary, since in reality nothing can truly be said to alleviate their pain. Supporting those in dire need means more than we can know. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing.