When Prayer is Painful

Sometimes prayer is a painful process when you watch someone suffer and you know there is little you can do about it other than simply to be present with the person. Empathetic. Positive. Not glib, but not dwelling on the negative. Professional distance is impossible when the sufferer is a family member. Professional distance is over-rated anyway. Sometimes it is best simply to be present and to care. Sometimes it is good to let your guard down just enough to let the sufferer know that your interest is not clinical, but is indeed loving; that your priority is the comfort, the well-being of the one you love. It is painful to witness the hurt. Yet it is a joy to trust God in the midst of that hurt, placing your helplessness in his hands expectantly.

Blessings,

Glen Woods

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