TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, August 13, 2018:
To express an overpowering emotion; grief; the shedding of tears.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
People sometimes weep when they are overcome with joy, but usually weeping is the expression of deep sorrow and grief. Have you ever wondered how you can most effectively help people who are experiencing grief? We want to give you several practical suggestions for helping people who are going through the grieving process. As believers in Jesus, we have been called to minister to those who are hurting.
The first tip is to act genuine. Do not be pompous showing the know it all attitude. If you are shocked when you hear the news as to why the person is hurting, then tell them that you are shocked. If you feel like crying, cry. Do not hold in your emotions. You should never worry about how you should act, emotionally in front of a grieving friend.
The second tip is to be quiet. Many people feel that when they are with a grieving person they need to talk. They feel they need to quote scriptures and to talk in order to keep their attention. Many times, this will make the grieving worse. The truth is you do not have the answers as to why this person is grieving. Many times, the best thing to do is just to be with the person and simply say you are sorry and be quiet.
Thirdly, you will comfort the person by just being supportive. People do not need your words they just need you. Sometime ago Chuck Swindoll told the story of a little girl who went to the house next door to be with her neighbor who lost her husband. When she returned her mother asked her what she said to their neighbor. The little girl responded, “I just climbed up in her lap and cried with her.” Many times, the best thing we can do is to just be supportive.
Finally, try to do something practical for the hurting person. See if you can wash the dishes or cut the lawn. You can also bring in a meal or give a gift card to the hurting person to a restaurant you know he or she likes. A card with a personal note will always be appreciated. Do not ask if you can do something for them. That puts pressure on them. Just announce what you would like to do for them. Make sure it is practical and appropriate for the hurting person.
The most important thing you can do for them is to pray for them. Even if they are not believers they will appreciate that you care enough to pray for them. God is able to do what we cannot do so communication with God is so important.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Romans 8:14.
Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.
Help me today to be sensitive to the needs of others. Keep me faithful in praying for those who are grieving.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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