I scan the news. I scroll through blogs that I follow. I skim Twitter. I receive emails. I talk to friends. And I am overwhelmed by the amount of pain being experienced.
Parents are preparing to say goodbye to their dying son before his 5th birthday.
Friends are struggling with the emotional weight of life.
Entire households are unemployed with no prospects for work.
People are suffering physically with cancer and many other serious illnesses.
This list could go on for a mile and still not touch on all of the pain and heartache being felt in every home, neighborhood, city, state, and country in this world.
It hurts. It hurts my heart to know that people I know and love, as well as people I’ve never met are suffering and struggling. I want to make the pain go away. I want to heal their hurts and wipe away their tears. I want to make them smile again.
But I can’t. My words can be a balm. My hug can be a temporary comfort. But I don’t have the power to make the pain go away.
Only God does.
Anne Graham Lotz had this to say about how God comes alongside us in our pain in her devotional, The Joy of My Heart:
The Greek word for “comforter” is parakletos, which literally means one called alongside to help. This was beautifully illustrated in the 1996 Summer Olympics. As the runners in the 440-meter race flew around the track, one of them suddenly pulled up on the back stretch, and limped to a stop. He had pulled a hamstring! As the crowd stood, holding its collective breath, a man ran out of the stands to the young athlete. It was his father! As the television crew relayed the moving scene to the watching world, the microphones picked up the runner’s words: “Dad, you’ve got to help me across the finish line. I’ve trained all my life for this race.” And so the father put his arm around his son, and together, they limped across the finish line to a standing ovation!
In the race of life, our heavenly Father has come alongside us through the Holy Spirit. And when we think we can’t go one more step, He puts His everlasting arms around us, and gently walks with us to the finish.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. – Galations 5:25
Blessings to you today.