Debbie has some wonderful and effective ways of REALLY helping someone who is hurting.
Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken”. ~ C.S. Lewis
Before listening, before doing anything or saying anything to the hurting person, we have the task of keeping our own attitudes in check.
We won’t always understand another person’s struggle. We won’t always agree with their choices. And we certainly aren’t called to be their fixers. If our approach to the hurting person is to fix them, we’re likely to do harm, however well intended. God heals. We’re just here to lighten the load.
A few things to try;
- Listen – Listen without assumption. Listen like you’ve never heard or experienced anything like this before so that you really hear what’s…
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