Note: This message was written in memory of Tudor Harris, a classmate of mine from Hewitt-Trussville High School Class of 1986 who passed away last week. I have attached a very moving news article to illustrate how the Lord provides angels of encouragement to us in the midst of difficult times. Thank you to Felicia Clem, a dear classmate who shared the article on facebook with our classmates. Interesting …I had already written my message before reading the article. God knew…..
**The article can be found at the following link**
It is the shortest verse in the Bible, but a significantly profound verse as well. Isn’t it awesome that we serve a God who knows exactly how we feel at all times? He knows our heart better than we do….He created us. He not only sympathizes with us during our dark times, He empathizes with us and makes available His supernatural healing. He specifically relates to our hurts and our pain, because He’s been there….way before we were!
Jesus wept when He was deeply moved at the suffering of Mary and others after the death of . The wailing and grief broke His heart, and He too loved Lazarus so much. Of course, we know that He raised Lazarus from the grave. Then there was much rejoicing!
We all experience grief. We all struggle to keep our head up at times. It’s been said, “HURT PEOPLE HURT OTHER PEOPLE.” In other words, when we are grieving or dwelling on pain, we may be tempted to strike out with our words and actions in a destructive way. However, I have been told that the best way to climb out of the pit, is to reach out and help someone else hurting. By being there for someone else experiencing pain, there’s a dynamic involved that creates a distraction to our own issues.
Sometimes just listening to someone who is going through a traumatic time may provide a measure of healing. Just knowing someone cares is powerful in the healing process. Unlike Jesus who knows every angle of our emotions, we don’t always understand another’s moment of grief. But, our responsibility as a is to pray for and/or pray with that person offering our comfort and love.
On the flip side, if we ourselves are hurting, and we refuse to budge from our pity party, we are not only denying ourselves the support we need, but we are taking a blessing away from a messenger of His encouragement.
Remember that weeping may go on for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). The sunshine always follows the rain!
ASSIST THE HEALER IN WIPING AWAY TEARS TODAY!
LOVE ON SOMEONE STRUGGLING!
GOD’S COMPASSION FOR US OVERFLOWS TO OTHERS!