Sometimes showing love to someone right where they are is all they need. I think we get so caught up in the knee-jerk reaction to provide an answer. Or "preaching a sermon", if you will. Lord knows we have all had our share of those.
It's OK to not have an answer. It's OK to not have a freaking clue what to tell somebody. None of us knows it all. None but God Himself.
It's strengthening to express genuine empathy if you've been where they are. Someone hearing someone else really understands their plight is such a big deal. It girds them up in ways advice just won't.
I'm the first to say that I wish I did have an answer all the time. When someone I love is hurting so badly & I feel like there's nothing I can do to change that. I may offer up some words of encouragement. Or try to point them in this direction or that. But sometimes all I know to say is "I wish I had an answer" or just to say "I don't know."
Or to say nothing at all. To just be there. Be. Present.
Thank you Lord for all the people who have done that for me. To all the people who have shown up. Not necessarily to fix anything but to let me know they truly care.
Love is such a powerful thing.
It is earth-moving, life-changing & life-saving.
Show it today to a person you know is hurting or struggling. Surely we all know someone like that.
And much more of it y'all ~ spread it like butter,