Comforting a hurting person is not easy.
We are already starting to see the news media move on to the next big story, although the current news will last longer than most. By a day or two. Hurting can last a lifetime.
When I talked with God, he reminded me of something I have written about here before. During the training for my Stephen’s Ministry certification, there was a drawing.
A simple drawing of a man in a deep pit with no way out. People could walk by and offer encouragement. People could walk by and look the other way. People could toss in something for him to eat or drink.
Someone could get a ladder and not just throw it in the pit. Someone could get a ladder and climb down into the pit to be with the man. To talk with him. To comfort him. To stay with him as long as he needed to stay. Until the man felt ready to climb out.
They could climb out of the pit together. They could walk together to get additional aid if needed.
These are challenging days. Who will we be when we see the person in the pit?
My prayer for us is to talk with God about being equipped to help and heal our hurting world. With the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, allow us to be a gentle witness who is not afraid to confidently carry His ladder and be with those in need. For as long as we are needed.
“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
– Proverbs 15: 4