We all know someone who is going through a hard time.
What are we going to do about it?
The answer probably depends on how well we know the person:
- Close friends — We consider peering into the darkness with them.
- Casual friends — We might pray for them, but decide someone else is better equipped to encourage them.
- Acquaintances — We aren’t sure if they know that we know their troubles, so we try to ignore the “elephant” in the room.
Of course, those are generalizations, but we’ve got to admit we don’t always know how to relate to people who are struggling with serious, heavy issues.
Unfortunately, there really are a few wrong ways to relate to them. Ask Job about his friends.
In my next few blogs, I’ll share comments from my friends who have been in some deep, dark valleys. We’ll look at God’s Word as well as their experiences with friends to gain wisdom in our relationships.
As we talk about those closest to us, our casual friends, and even the people-from-church-that-we’ve-only-ever-said-hello-to, it’s my prayer that we’ll all be better equipped to bless and encourage all three categories of hurting friends.
In what ways have your friends blessed you during hard times? Leave a comment below — I’d love more input for the upcoming blogs!