How do you reach out to those you know when they are experiencing sorrow? Do you wonder what are the "right words" during this time? Do you feel like there must be something for you to do to help offer comfort, and you aren't sure what that "something" is? There will be times when you might have these thoughts, as there will be friends/family who will be in need of comforting.
Sadly, we found ourselves on the receiving end during the month of February. During a time of bereavement, we became very aware of those who reached out with several comforting gestures.
In addition to the voiced expressions of caring, there was something else that continues to be a comfort.
Have you heard of a Prayer Shawl Ministry? Our church has a group that gathers and knits, crochets, or quilts shawls which then have prayers offered over them for the recipient of the shawl.
Sometimes we are unable to come up with words that we think are just right for the occasion. Often, a special hug or a simple "I'm thinking about you" will be appreciated more than you might think. One of the greatest blessings we have is knowing that there are others who care. Being present for others during their difficult times is always a good thing!