My silence for the past couple weeks is due in part to a holiday, too many auctions, a mild medical emergency, and news from a friend that crushed me to the core.
Bad news is not an uncommon occurrence. People receive it every day. But when it is given to one of your people it's a different story.
It's so easy to pray for the second cousin's neighbor's friend who is diagnosed with cancer. To stop right then and whisper a quick, "Lord, please help them." Even to remember several times to pray.
But when it's a friend or someone you love it's much harder.
I've found I don't have the words to pray for my friend who heard the words, "stage four cancer in several organs," last week. I don't have words to pray other than, "Jesus, help." I don't have words of comfort to offer either.
And that's exactly what I said.
"I don't have words but I love you."
Sometimes it's enough to just let them know we care.