Peace family, is there someone who might need encouragement from you today? Who might need to hear the words said that you love them? Who might need a hug?
A dear friend of mine has been in the hospital (the picture above was taken just before she crushed me in a game of Candyland, for the record), but it has been amazing the way that my friends have circled around her to support her and provide for her, and to really show God’s love to her in one of her darkest times. Last night, it made me think about some dark times in my own life, and how terrible it is to go through them, but without them, we would not know how much our friends really love us and will be there for us.
The beauty of the church stepping in to bind up the broken-hearted and to love those whom the world has abandoned is a truly powerful thing. If you yourself are broken-hearted, sometimes in our despair, it can be easy to feel like no one really knows or cares about us, even though we know in our heart that God does. One powerful way I have found to battle this feeling is to say out loud God’s scriptures about his love for us, but on a more human level, just naming my friends out loud, like, “Heidi loves me. Sara loves me. Cousin Katie loves me…” and so on. Before I knew it, my tears of anguish were transformed into tears of being overwhelmed that despite my pain, there are so many people who genuinely love me!
I want to encourage you today to let your friends know that you’re there for them, even if they aren’t in the hospital. And if you feel isolated, take courage and reach out! There are probably more people who love you than you think.
Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.