Help them around the corner..!

A few years ago explorers open an Egyptian tomb which had been closed for three thousand years. There stood the exquisitely carved coffin of a little child with this inscription: “Oh, my life, my love, my little one. Would God I had died for thee.” Instinctively the men uncovered their heads, resealed the tomb and left. Even after centuries they felt the overpowering, heart breaking anguish of the grieving parent who had penned those lines.
As I hear about hospital deaths in UP, I watch the same despair and grief as inconsolable father and mothers hold lifeless children in their arms. What is it you and I can do to comfort these who have lost loved ones? Author Joe Bayly, who had lost three sons through a tragic accident, described two examples of comfort he had received during his deepest grief: “Someone came and talked to me of God’s dealings, of why it happened, of hope beyond death. He talked constantly and said things I knew were true. I was unmoved except to wish he’d go away. He finally did.”
“Another came and sat beside me. He didn’t talk. He didn’t ask leading questions. He just sat beside me for an hour and more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply, and left. I was moved, I was comforted. I hated to see him go!”
A translator laboring amongst a tribe in the mountains of Mexico found it hard to get the right word for ‘comfort.’ One day his helper asked for a week’s leave and explained that his uncle had died and he wanted dome day’s off to visit his bereaved aunt, “to help her heart around the corner.” That was just the expression the translator needed. It is not platitudes and words our people need. They need us to silently grieve with them. It is not politician rhetoric they want to hear nor empty promises of compensation. What we can give them today in silence are our also grieving hearts, grieving with them for terrible woe that has swept, smashed loved lives away.
As a nation, nay world we reach out and touch and seep with them and pray God’s comfort will aid them through these times. Words of insight, gems of guidance, May help when someone’s in a test, But today when comfort is what’s needed, Our silent presence may be best. Let’s help their hearts around corner..!
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