Someone is hurting and you have no idea what they are going through? We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. We have a friend who is thrown into an unwanted situation and we have no idea how to respond. It could be… the death of a child or the loss of a parent or the news that someone has cancer or the break-up of a marriage. While it’s true that going through difficult times helps you help others when they go through their own difficult times, you don’t have to go through something to be a blessing to someone who is in pain. Just the other day, I had a woman who was struggling with something that I have never had to deal with. I couldn’t identify with her or tell her I knew what she was going through, so I just listened. And I listened. And I listened some more. Then, I told her that I don’t know what she is feeling and that I can only imagine how hard it is. I empathized with her. I did my best to encourage her to ask God what He wanted her to learn from this because there are many lessons in life we must learn in order to redeem some of the suffering we endure. And I think she appreciated my words even though I didn’t get her situation. The next time someone near you is hurting, try just listening to them as they share their heart. You don’t have all of the answers and probably shouldn’t. But you know the One who does. So point them to Him.