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Everybody hurts – be a healer

Yesterday’s blog post referenced one young man’s cry of pain for having grown up fatherless. But so many of us bear deep pain of one sort or another. R.E.M. said it so well – everybody hurts. Everybody struggles with issues like failed relationships, regrets, and fear. What would it be like if we…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Yesterday’s blog post referenced one young man’s cry of pain for having grown up fatherless. But so many of us bear deep pain of one sort or another. R.E.M. said it so well – everybody hurts. Everybody struggles with issues like failed relationships, regrets, and fear. What would it be like if we could read the thoughts of those around us? The video below illustrates it well.
 
The question is, how does God want us to respond? I believe God wants to use us to comfort those who are hurting. If we’ll ask him, he’ll speak to us about what people are feeling and how to minister to them.
 
Listen to this song and let it speak to you about the pain all around you and how God wants you to respond.
 

Comments (2)

  • This is a good torch on the shadowy place of hurt and suffering and how that shapes and forms us. A good question to ask your tribe is “Can you spiritually mature in the absence of suffering?” I did that at one of our parties and the ensuing argument said it all. Henri Nowen’s book “The Wounded Healer” is a must read for every follower of Jesus. We minister from our brokeness and there are times when the Living God leaves a splinter in us to have a physical reminder of what we have been saved from and the many who quietly suffer. I’d rather walk with a limp in the steps of the Master than in full stride but in the wrong direction.

    Thanks for the song. I’m humming it right now.

  • Great song. Isn’t this so true? Today I happened to post the second half of my favorite passage of scripture from Ps 71. Seems fitting…

    Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you? Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

    Grieve, cry, feel what hurts. It has been healing for me to let Jesus tell me where He was and what He was doing during all my most painful times…He was there, of course. Every moment.

    There is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother…

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