Then they sat there on the ground with him for seven days and nights without saying a word, because they saw how much he was suffering. (Job 2:13)
If it is your duty and privilege as a christian to call on someone who has recently been bereaved beware of the danger of over reacting to the situation.
It is advisable to prepare yourself with a short prayer, offered in the quietness of your mind that you will be sensitive to the need of the one whom you are visiting.
Remember the loss is theirs and not yours. Do not become so closely identified with their sorrow that you lose your sense of perspective. If you lose your mental and spiritual poise you will be unable to give them comfort and strength in their grief.
Lady in Outdoor Mourning Dress Visits a Friend
On such occasions, there is a human tendency to talk too much. Silence, if filled with love,sympathy and understanding can possess healing qualities for the broken hearted.
Sympathy can often be expressed in service. Small deeds of kindness can show what is felt but cannot be said. A cup of tea or simple meal shared in love can ease an aching heart.
Tea for Two
- Offer companionship by being available, but do not intrude.
- Real comfort is the assurance of your prayerful support, for in doing this you are allowing the Comforting Christ to work through you.
Weeping Girl Attracts the Sympathy of Her Dog
Help me, O Lord,
to be able to give comfort and strength
to the bereaved
through the Power of Your Indwelling Spirit.
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