Psalm 25:5 – Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
I try to figure out how to balance things in my mind, but somehow the words, “I’m sorry,” spill out of me many times a day. “I’m sorry,” I say to a friend who is sick. “Why are you apologizing?” they reply. “It’s not your fault I’m sick.” We can’t fix the whole world nor is it our fault that things go wrong in our family and friends lives. It’s important to sympathize with their pain, but don’t take it to the extreme where you’re apologizing for something you couldn’t keep from happening to them. Instead of saying, “I’m sorry,” try saying something like, “That must be really difficult,” or “Is there anything I can do to help?” God sees their pains and he also sees your compassionate and tender heart. Let him guide you and give you the hope you need all day long. Then you will be able to help others who struggle with saying, “I’m sorry,” all of the time.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.