“Hated to see him go.”

“And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” – Mark 14:34

I’d like for us to pick back up where we were last week. We looked at how some of our painful experiences can be used to help others.

Recently, a friend lost her young son to cancer. She has shared about the unimaginable hurt and some of the things people said which added to that pain.

I was reminded of Job’s friends. They showed up when they heard of his sufferings. And for days, they just sat with him. They hurt with him. But, then they started trying to give him advice. It was ALL bad advice.

It was based on their interpretation of conventional “wisdom” and none of it applied to Job’s situation.

Even if it were true, not everything needs to be said, especially to someone who is in an emotional pit.

This quote helps illustrate.  “Another came and sat beside me. He did not talk. He did not ask leading questions. He just sat beside me for an hour or more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply, left. I was moved. I was comforted. I hated to see him go.”

In the verse above, Jesus asks Peter, James, and John to just be there with Him, to be there for Him.

My prayer this week is for each of us would demonstrate the love and presence of God in such a way others will hate to see us go.

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