Let Us Not Despair
O my God,
I trust in thee:
let me not be ashamed,
let not mine enemies triumph over me.
It has been one of those weeks, maybe more, where everyone seems to have a trial or struggle of sorts. Just in my own circles, my friends have been attacked spiritually, not knowing how or when. A friend of a friend lost an infant to Crib Death. Another is getting divorced and someone else just found out their mate was unfaithful. I know of at least two people suffering with mental illness and a pregnancy that isn't going well.
Last night, Emily sprained her ankle walking home from work. As she winced with pain (plus some tears), I realized that the young don't know how to deal with pain. They have to learn. They have to learn what to do and how to react in a situation that may seem dire. They have to learn not to panic, but adjust to what is placed in front of them. That is how they grow.
I have become very aware of how much hurt and anguish is truly out there. There is a real need to interact and share with others our pain and suffering. We need to be around people, especially the kind that can help us. When trouble abounds, we go to our closest friends and allies. We search for truth and answers as to what should we do. We also need to be very cautious in regards to whom we choose for that role.
There are many people out there who give the wrong kind of advice. Or use our struggles to gossip about us. Not everyone we know is a good friend and we need to show discernment in doing so. Sometimes, we ourselves seek out these people. We want to be around people who will tell us what we want to hear, not necessarily what we need to hear.
A true friend feels the pain her friends are going through. We try to console the best way we know how. We listen. We advise. We pray, but most of all, we are there. Reach out to them. Many are hurting out there.
Have a blessed day everyone.
The Gratitude Challenge:
I am very grateful for good friends with good advice.