Simply Listen

Recently a friend shared something she was experiencing that was intensely private and overwhelmingly painful. It was a moment when life does not make sense. When all the nice, sweet things I could say would ring hollow. I could remind her that God is good, that she can trust Him. But really, she needed me to listen.

To be present.

To care.

Weeping with those who weep (Romans 12:15) is, for most of us, the most unnatural response. I want to fix the problem now. Not being able to do something makes me feel helpless.

How often I forget that simply saying, “I’m sorry you’re going through this” can go a long way. Few people need someone to instruct, admonish, or share their own life experiences.

I’m challenging myself this week to slow down enough to listen.

Simply listen.

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