For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

Hello Altered Stories Family,

As I write this week, many things have happened around me. Many people are experiencing heart breaking loss, broken families and in some cases death. Some of these losses by those around me have been so gut wrenching that they remind me of some old personal wounds that are not fully healed.

So, what do you do when you watch the world that so many people trust in and know crumbling down around them?

I have literally watched one close friend have his family ripped to pieces by the state government, and at the same time learned that another friend of ours has lost her husband.

How are we to respond in such cases?

I cannot help but think of the passage in Romans that talks about those moments when the groanings we have, cannot be expressed with mere words. Further Romans talks about how even the creation groans in waiting for something much better. Yet in those moments of deepest grief what do you say to offer hope?

Honestly, I do not think there is much we can say in those moments. Sometimes, just like Job’s friends for the first few days who did not try and say anything, they just sat with him as he wrestled with his grief. This is exactly what my husband did when talking to our friend as he informed us what had happened. In that moment, the Holy Spirit told my husband to keep quiet and let him vent. In that moment, you know that this world is sin sick, and that the world system is broken, but sometimes, what the person needs you to do is be silent.  Yes, you want to pray, but sometimes words are not necessary.

Even Yeshua Jesus wept when he learned his friend had died, yes, he knew what he was going to do, but in that moment, he wept in grief with those who were experiencing the loss.

Sometimes, you are not called to have the right words, sometimes God is just asking you to be a shoulder to cry on.  In that moment, you are truly the hands and feet of our Lord, reaching out to help those who are hurting.

I hope this is an encouragement for you, you don’t have to have all the answers, you just have to show love, and in some cases believe for those who have had their faith shaken to the core.

Remember to pray for those who are hurting and ask God for the wisdom you need.

God bless,
Teresa