You have a friend who is going through a tough time. They could be exeriencing a deep loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, or illness. You want to help, but you don't know what to do or say. You can do something! An article in Relevant magazine called "Four Ways To Help Someone Get Through a Hard Season" gives some helpful tips to help you help others.
- Walk Toward Their Pain and Not Away From It- don't be fearful that you might not know what to say or your help is inadequate. All you need to do is care. Move toward your friend with a simple phone call or text.
- Pray for Your Friend, but Also Pray with Them- The easiest response to someone's pain is to say you will pray for them. Go one step further- pray WITH them. It doesn't have to be an elaborate prayer, just say a simple prayer as you are with your friend.
- Don’t Feel the Pressure to Do Everything, but Do Something- Take charge in doing something instead of asking what they need. Deliver a meal or bake a desert. Send a card, note, even a gift card so they can get coffee or a meal. The article has some more ideas to help you do something.
- Keep “Showing Up”- Many help at the beginning, but very few stick with the person in need. Continue to reach out and stick with them.
The important thing is to be by the side of your friend who is hurting. Stay with them and do something to help them work through their situation, no matter how long it takes. I hope this article helps you be the faithful friend that God calls us to be for those in need.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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