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Topic: Parent (11/16/06)
TITLE: The Long, Barren Road
By Amy Radford
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So, where is the hope? It must be found in the body of Christ. We must be the hands that will come alongside and lift them up. We are to be the ears that listen to the hurts, the feet that walk with them on the way, and the heart that seeks to love them. We are called to carry one another’s burdens. How can we help? There are some very practical and very simple ways.
First, be sensitive but do not avoid talking to them. Keep communicating and yet be sensitive if the topic is uncomfortable for that person. Ask them if it is; don’t just assume that it is.
Second, pray for them. Pray that God will encourage them and strengthen them through the difficult time.
Third, let them work through it without expectations of where they should be. Allow them to mourn, to grieve, to cry, and to hurt in their time.
Fourth, support them as they seek other options. Encourage them as they wade through the overwhelming flood of information and be willing to help them seek the best options.
Most importantly, treat them as human beings. Encourage them as they may feel like somehow they are not whole. Help them to see that they can find their sufficiency in who Christ has made them to be.
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