The Gift of Presence

In my Sunday School class yesterday, we discussed how to walk with people through a time of grief. When
someone experiences a loss, sometimes we want to say something to make everything better for them, but we
don’t have words. So our best utterances ring hollow or can even come across as unkind. Ecclesiastes says that
there is a time to speak and a time to be silent (Ecc. 3:7). The only help Job’s friends gave him after his terrible
day of loss was sitting with him for a week (Job 2:13). In times of great grief, sometimes words are insufficient
and the best thing we can do is to simply be present with the one who suffers. The scripture says that the Lord is
close to the brokenhearted (Ps 34:18). Often the best gift we can give is our presence.