I don’t have many words lately. When I sit to write, I think about people near to me, and my heart twists and aches. I think about the number of people around me who are hurting by life, and I ache for them.
My heart just aches. Words escape me.
So many people are hurting.
The answer isn’t simply introducing them to Jesus. Most of them have a relationship with Jesus.
But life has brought pain: grief, divorce, depression, adultery, abuse, neglect, anxiety, and fear.
Their hurt is deep.
I find that my words just won’t work. I can’t fix it.
So, I have been praying a lot for those who are hurting. Because God knows how to heal and bring them to wholeness. He will never leave them.
For those of you who are deeply hurting: Be encouraged today, friend, that you are not alone. The journey you are on right now might be tough. You might be wondering when the road will get smooth again. You might be hurting today, feeling like you will never heal.
You will. God won’t let you stay broken and hurt. Give God your hurt, so He can begin to heal your heart. I encourage you to reach out to others to find support and encouragement as well.
Through social media, I have been challenging people to act outside their comfort zones. I call it Daring Monday. (#daringmonday) I have dared people to do things like call a friend, write a letter, or buy a drink for a stranger at lunch. This week, I dared people to pray for someone. It isn’t hard or super daring, but sometimes we just need a reminder that someone is hurting and needs prayer.
I’ll extend the dare to you. I dare you to pray for someone. It doesn’t have to be a long, flowery prayer. But pray for REAL. Then (here’s the daring part) tell that person you are praying for them today. Send a text, call them, stop by their house and actually pray WITH them, write them a letter, send a telegram, or send smoke signals.
I dare you to be that awesome today, because it would make a big difference to someone.
Remind them that God is there. Because maybe they have forgotten. And we all need that reminder sometimes, even when we know it.
May God bring you great peace this week, dear friend, as you rest in Him.