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by Lori Henry
by Lori Henry
ORIGINAL POST: MAY 2, 2018I read the sweetest story one time about a little boy who was about five years old. His mother looked out her kitchen window one day and saw him sitting on their elderly neighbor's porch. The neighbor had just lost his wife of over 50 years. The mother noticed the little boy sitting beside the man on the porch swing. They were just swinging. They were not talking. Later, when the little boy came back home, his mother asked him what he was doing over there. "I was just helping him cry," he explained.
I love the wisdom of children. The little boy wasn't trying to give advice or flowery words to his neighbor, he was just helping him grieve the loss of his wife. This made me think about what we can do when someone has a burden.
The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:4 that there is a time to weep. There are people that we come in contact with on a daily basis that are carrying heavy burdens. Maybe the death of a loved one, cancer, a child who is rebelling, and the list goes on. How do we react to them? How do we care for them?
In Romans 12:15, the Bible tells us to "rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." Also, in chapter 15:1 we are exhorted to "bear the infirmities of the weak." What does that look like? Sometimes just a hug or a smile can lift someone's spirit. Other times God may encourage us to send a card, make a phone call, or actually visit someone that is hurting. We ought always be in prayer for hurting people.
My sister and her husband lost their only daughter almost a year ago. It has been a very long, hard year for them, and for our entire family. Before Olivia passed away, four of us---my 2 sisters, my cousin and I--began a long distance Bible study from a book entitled 5 Minutes With Jesus. None of us live in the same town, in fact, I do not live in the same state as the other three. Every Monday, we would read the same chapter in the book, then text each other discussing what we had learned that day.
Looking back, it is absolutely amazing how God was preparing us, especially my sister, for what was coming. And afterwards, the lessons from that book, which always pointed to Scripture, showed us how God was watching out for the family. I have learned that sharing Scripture with those that are hurting is so very valuable, because it has been such a balm for us during this time.
One of my favorite portions of Scripture is Romans 11:33-36. "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to who be glory for ever. Amen."
What a comfort it is to know that even though we don't understand why something has happened--be it a death, or cancer, or something else, God does! He has a purpose! We can trust Him! And we can share that with someone in their darkest hour. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." God never does things on a whim! He has a plan and purpose!
Sometimes God may only want us to sit and "help someone cry." Sometimes He may want us to make a phone call. Sometimes He may want us to share Scripture. Always, He wants us to pray! Whose burden are you helping to bear today?