Around them, keep their suffering all about them, not you. Help them learn to live with a “new normal” that might also change your life.
Suffering takes so many forms and dimensions—visible or unseen. Physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, financial, grief, pain, loss, worry, loneliness, fear, abuse... Ask God to open your eyes to those around you who might be suffering, and then ask Him what He would have you do to lighten their load. How could you help and not hinder? How could God use you in some small or large way to give a cup of cold water to a sufferer in the name of Jesus?
A Prayer to Help the Suffering
Lord, we know there are so many around us who are hurting... suffering... and we often feel at a loss to say or do the right thing. In our rush to make things better, to alleviate their pain, we inadvertently may do more harm than good. Give us wisdom and discernment. Teach us to listen more than we speak. Let our eyes be a window of compassion and love that others would be drawn to us as a safe place of solitude and peace when they are suffering. We depend on You Lord to make us Your sanctuary. Amen.
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Janet Thompson is an international speaker, freelance editor, and award-winning author of 18 books including, new release Forsaken God?: Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten, The Team That Jesus Built, and the Face-to-Face Bible study Series. She is also the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work Ministries. Visit Janet at: womantowomanmentoring.com.