It just seems to me that this summer has been a swinging door for bad news. I am so thankful that my immediate family is happy and healthy, but so many of those around me are suffering tremendous heartache and pain.
I have been searching my bible for what God says about comfort, hope, and overcoming. It is usually my mission to read until I find that perfect scripture or example to share with my friends in pain. Maybe it is maturity or just a lesson that I needed at this moment in life, but I finally figured out that this is a terrible way to be a light for someone who is hurting. Heartache is rarely a condition that you feel anyone else can truly understand or relate to. I have been guilty of telling someone that Jesus understands (which I believe), that God knows their pain and hears their prayers (which I believe), and that the Spirit will work on their heart (which I believe). The problem with that is that it is somewhat shallow comfort. I have decided that praying for them, giving lots of hugs, listening, and letting God do his job without my preaching is a much better approach.
Another thing that I have learned is that God will most likely be at work on my heart if I will just allow myself to hurt with them. I have understood more about love through the experiences (even other peoples experiences) of life than any created idea that I have of it. There is no perfect scripture or bible character that can relate to every situation in life. I think searching for that could make me a crazy person and shake my faith. Instead, I choose to let God work his way. So with that, I don’t leave you a verse……only a prayer that you to will allow God to work through you and in you…..HIS WAY!
Today I ask that you pray for…..
The Braddock Family
Men struggling with addictions