I’ve learned a thing or two about grief through personal experience and even more through research for my book.
My optimistic blondie natural tendency used to be “smile and throw some encouragement around.” Thank goodness I know better now or people would be making this face at me:
If you know someone going through a deep trial or season of waiting, can I offer a couple words of encouragement?
- You don’t have to fix it! The last thing they’re wanting from you is for you to say the right words or come up with a practical suggestion they hadn’t thought about. Instead of throwing only positive thoughts their way like, “Things will turn around soon, I’m sure!”
- Just be there. For them. With them. Bring them food. Bring them flowers. Do their dishes. Send them a little text when you’re thinking about them. Write them a little note that says, “I know I can’t take the pain of this away, but I’m here. And I’m praying for you.”
Romans 12:15 “Weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.”
Don’t just be a rejoicer. Be a weeper too.
Tonight (the second Monday of the Month) is support group. The Bearing Hope Support group started almost two years ago for people facing infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and/or adoption failure in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. Heavy, heavy stuff.
Everyone who comes there is coming to BE together. Share stories. Be heard. Weep. Process.
It’s like salve on the wounds of our soul, to just come and talk with people who “get it.”
We are great listeners and Kleenex bearers. And we’re simply “here.”
One thing that makes the Bearing Hope support group so special is that we dig into God’s word a little bit to remind ourselves that beauty does come from ashes. Also that we have a hope we can cling to until our dying day when we’ll be in glory and tears will be a thing of the past.
We won’t sing songs to your heavy heart. We will just love on one another.
I hope you can make it, if you need some sisterly love.
Bucktown Center for the Arts
225 E 2nd Street
Davenport, IA 52801
**Use the 2nd street Entrance but you can park in the parking lot behind the building.**
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