Hope For the Hurting

My heart is full.

So many I know are hurting emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Some days I’m called to pray, others He calls me to go and sit along side those who are hurting, to be a stretcher bearer.

As a society, we seem to have lost the ability to be stretcher bearers for the hurting. We make excuses.“Why should I visit this person?”  “ I’m really not that close to them.”  “I can’t do anything anyway. I don’t have anything to say. I’d only be in the way.”

We seem to have forgotten that it is often in “useless,” unpretentious, humble presence with one another that consolation and comfort is found. To make ourselves available to someone in need is difficult because we’re put in the position of being vulnerable to others and experiencing their weakness and powerlessness. We become part of the uncertainty and unknown, and must yield control of knowing what to do in a situation. And yet, when we become a stretcher bearer, we see a new strength and hope born in the hearts of those who are hurting.

By offering comfort and consolation, by just being there and staying with someone during those times of illness, mental anguish or spiritual darkness, a strange phenomenon often occurs. We grow close with the person and build a bond that is as strong as any blood ties, simply because we entered into the dark, uncharted waters with them.

Bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 NJKV

There are so many simple, tangible ways to help those who are hurting. Are are just a few simple suggestions.

  • Come with a bucket of cleaning supplies and clean the bathrooms, floors and inside the windows.
  • Run errands for them.
  • Take care of getting the children to and from school.
  • Come and sit with no agenda. Just hold their hand and let them vent.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

And for those of you who are hurting, let me encourage you with this truth. God is always with us. He’s an ever present help in our times of need. He came to be a part of our lives and offers us grace and truth. He may or may not choose to answer all our questions, or solve our problems, but the comfort comes in knowing He is with us.

His deepest desire is for us to enter into an intimate relationship with Him. To be yoked with Him through the fellowship of suffering. ( Philippians 3:10) By acknowledging Him as Emmanuel, God With Us, we find in Him the One who lives with us. He shares our joys and sorrows, He defends and protects us.

It is in the intimacy of realizing He is with us that we rest in the tender, compassionate arms of a God that loves and cares for us more than we will ever know.

Is your heart broken today? Have you lost a loved one, are you struggling with chronic pain, or seen the death of a dream? Listen closely. He may be whispering to you as He holds you close.

“My heart is large enough to hold your hurts as well as your joy.  I am with you in tears and in laughter.

You may be tempted to think that I have afflicted you. But I have not treated you badly and I have not forgotten you. I do not love you less when things go wrong. My love for you is from everlasting to everlasting. My love for you is perfect. Powerful.

I am always at work within you.

Let Me comfort your hurting heart.”

With All My Love,

Your Heavenly Father

This week we’ll be featuring some of my family members who often suffer silently with their invisible chronic illnesses. Please check back each day and read about their journeys with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Chron’s Disease. They’re journey’s are inspiring.