It should be engraved on the mind of every warmhearted and softhearted follower of Jesus that God heals the brokenhearted and you do not have to try to do it. If there is healing needed, God will take care of it. All we have to do is 'show up.'
We know stories of those who have come back to a full life after having been 'hit by a freight train.' Some have come through the most dreadful tragedies imaginable and now, years later, they once again smile, laugh, dance, and sing.
It is never right away. And their singing is not without a deep pain in one corner of their heart. But they do come back to life.
Our place is to be there with them, alongside them, confidently and patiently allowing God's healing to work, while we listen, mingle our tears with theirs, pray, and hug.
This means resisting our impulses to try to fix them. It means resisting our logical explanations and theological perspectives that proclaim why this happened, or how it can be softened.
It is not what we say. But it is very important that we 'show up!'
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