Have you ever been overwhelmed by concern over what someone you love is going through, because you just felt so bad for them and you wanted to fix it? And you couldn't? Parents, you feel it when your child gets hurt and you'd do just about anything to make that "ouchie" go away...but sometimes those "ouchies" take some time to fade. You hold them, let them cry, put a bandaid on it if you can and hope they aren't hurt badly. Much of the time fixing it is not even something we can do, or even what God intends for us to do.
So what do we do with our concern for those we love who are hurting and that awful feeling of helplessness? First, we pray. We are far from helpless when we pray to God who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can imagine. Next, we could show our love and compassion in all kinds of ways. Perhaps serving them by taking them a meal, driving them somewhere, getting them out of the house for some fun... Or-you could help carry that hurt by making them feel like they're not alone- like you see them and you're thinking of them.
My sweet friend Nancy recently underwent surgery to deal with a little pesky skin cancer on her nose. Being out in public with the healing still very much in process isn't the easiest thing. We think she's adorable with her hat and her bandaid on her "ouchie." So adorable in fact, we wanted in on that look. So...here's our small attempt to make her smile and share that "ouchie" with her.
Who's hurting in your life right now? Maybe you can't fix it... but just maybe you could find a way to share it just a little.