So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great. Job 2:13
I was visiting in the hospital once, and noticed a woman sitting beside her husbands’ bed who was recovering. For about an hour, she sat there reading and didn’t say a word. A revelation came to me, that sometimes people don’t always need words, they just need your presence. The ministry of presence is probably the most forgotten of ministries. Sometimes in our struggle, even God stays quiet; yet, His presence is there to comfort. (Matthew 5:4)
Job experienced much tragedy and loss. On one occasion, his three friends rushed to his side to comfort him. (Job 2:11) They saw the pain he was in, and knew that words wouldn’t help in that moment, so they simply comforted him with their presence. In this instance there was no such thing as an awkward silence, it was actually tradition for them to do this (Mitzvah). Let’s be sensitive to the needs of those struggling around us and be PRESENT this Christmas season.
“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million, empty words.” – Thelma Davis