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Quit Comfort


Read Job 1:13-22

(Job's friends) They sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great. Job 2:13 (NRSV)

Paul Farley, from North Carolina, shared how when his grandfather's health was starting to decline, he visited him often. When his extended family heard his health had taken a turn for the worse, they all flew into town to see him. this ensured that he would never be alone. They sat in his hospice room in silence, day and night, praying he would get better. During this time, Paul thought about Job. Even after deep loss he remained faithful and praised God. In Job 2:13, Job's friends came to visit him. They sat beside him for seven days and nights in silence, comforting him without using words. Quiet comfort can be the best gift for a grieving or hurt person. In times where sorrow is too deep for words, the act of just being with the person speaks volumes.

The days of silence and comfort helped Job process and deal with his sadness, while having the support he needed. Sometimes we feel we cannot comfort someone whom is experiencing great grief or sorrow because we don't know what to say; but in difficult times, silent companionship is a good way to remind others that they are loved.

This so true. So many times I have watched families of someone old and ready to pass on, go "crazy" trying to figure out what to say or do. When all the old person really needs is for someone to sit quietly and perhaps hold their hand, so they know they are not alone. Quiet can be the best medicine.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us remember that You are always with us and that we can feel Your love through the companionship of others. Amen.


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