The other day while going about my usual morning routine. A friend knocked on the door and immediately began in great detail to tell me of a very difficult challenge going on in her life. Needless to say, my mind went all over the place trying to grasp everything.
My initial response was telling her I didn’t know what to say or do, and that we could pray. She agreed. Yet afterwards she looked at me and said, “All that I need is for you to just be near.” At which time we started to talk about God’s love for us.
Many times we simply don’t know how to respond when others are going through difficult times, and words can often do more harm than good.
Serving others requires that we try at best to understand them and find out what it is that they need. Even if only to meet a practical need. Understandably, one of the best ways to encourage someone is to “just be near.”
God is near to us when we call out to Him.
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34: 17-18
By allowing our hearts to feel compassion for others, we can help those who are hurting. We can be near them as God is with us and “just be near” them. And if necessary, Holy Spirit will definitely provide the right words to say.