I have a dear friend who is hurting right now. And sometimes I think, “I don’t know what to say!” How often do we think it’s just better to not say anything? Maybe sometimes it is, but I think people in pain need encouraging words to bind up the hurt. Wrap it up tightly in love. Cover and protect it with prayer so it can heal.
In Ezekiel 34:16, God says “I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak.” Sometimes, God’s word is the only thing that can make sense to me when I’m hurting. Sometimes, I really need to talk to my friend… Get a different perspective. Sometimes, I want to be like a wounded animal and crawl away by myself until I feel able to handle life again.
If we were face to face
I’d tell you just what you mean to me
Tell you these simple truths
Two days in a row, the lyrics in my head upon waking have been about strength. Yesterday, Matthew West was asking God to be Strong Enough for the both of us. This morning, Sidewalk Prophets are telling me to “be strong in The Lord.” The song is called The Words I Would Say.
Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope
You’re gonna do great things
I already know
God’s got His hand on You
So don’t live life in fear
Forgive and forget
But don’t forget why you’re here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say
“From one simple life to another,” I want my words to build up, not break down. I want my words to bind up wounds, not open them. I want my friend to know she is loved with an Everlasting Love. And I love her, too.
Featured image courtesy of Jesslyn Newhall.