THE WORD FOR TODAY
Job 16-18 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Job 16:5 5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.
After my mother died I had a really good friend come along my side. Through countless walks, silent moments and broken weeping I was constantly and compassionately comforted. Even though Gary had his own struggles I shall never forget the comfort of his words in my life.
Job tried to communicate to his friends what he would do if the “shoe was on the other foot”. Had they been hurting from the sting of loss he says, “I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.”
What can you say to a friend experiencing incredible pain?
We can speak volumes through sacred silence. Sometimes silence is deafening. It is only through silence that the roar of wounding words is subsided. Sometimes we don’t have to say a word.
We can speak to a friend’s pain through sacred sitting. Why do we have this incessant desire to move? Why do we always have to be filled with activity in the midst of grief? You know who I remember the most from my Mom’s funeral? I remember those who just sat there and didn’t move. It seemed at every turn they would be there just sitting…comforting me through their presence.
We can speak to a friend who is hurting through sacred speaking. What I mean by sacred speaking is to say nothing unless it is filtered through prayer. Simply ask God, “Father, guard what I say to my friend because I don’t want to hurt them. Protect them from my wisdom and fill me with YOUR wisdom.” When our language is filtered through Christ then it’s going to be ok.
Walk a mile with me in my shoes
Just walk a mile with me in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile with me in my shoes
Father, a friend is hurting and I don’t know what to say…fill me with Yourself and help me show sacred silence, sacred sitting and may my words speak from Your heart…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!