It should be engraved on the mind and in the heart of every warmhearted and softhearted follower of Jesus that God heals the broken-hearted and we 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 all know those who have come back to life after being “hit by a freight train”. Some have come through the most dreadful tragedies imaginable and now, years later, once again smile, laugh, dance, and sing. It is never right away . . .and it shouldn’t be! There is never singing without a deep pain in one corner of their heart. But they do come back to sing once more.
Our place, when people are hurt, devastated, troubled or heart-broken, is to be there. We must be with them. There at their sides, we confidently and patiently allow God to work. God is healing while we walk along side---listening, mingling our tears with theirs, praying, hugging.
This means we must resist our impulses to try to fix them.
It means resisting our logical explanations and theological perspectives that say why this happened or how it can be softened.
We mostly help ourselves with such attempts and endeavors; it is not that helpful to them. Instead, we must just walk alongside while God heals them.
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At my age ’Getting lucky’ means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.