Friendship can be a God-given way of beginning healing with those who are broken-hearted – if only we remember that sometimes words can get in the way.
The church is good with words
smooth words, comforting words, impressive words;
glorious words, moving words.
Words roll off the tongue.
Words make things manageable, controllable, tidy.
What can we say in the face of the inexpressible?
I don’t know what to say
I feel tongue tied
I was going to write
I was thinking of you
How can I say that I care?
Give me a hug!
“I care” without words.
When I’m suffering, I don’t need words,
I just need to know you are there,
That someone would notice if I disappeared.
And if I matter to you, and I matter to God,
then life is worth living.
May these words of Rae Williams, help us along the path of developing deep, healing friendships.