Zechariah 7:9 - This is what the LORD Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.”
With a chronic health condition, many times people can see our pain just by looking at us. Whether it be walking with a cane or clutching our belly, the pain is visible. With emotional pain sometimes you can tell when someone is hurting, but for the most part, emotional pain and loss are the “invisible” pains. Yet, even though it can’t be seen, often emotional pain hurts just as much, if not even more than physical pain. This calls for us to turn up the dial on our sensitivity to people who are suffering. Pay attention to cues that point towards depression, such as staying home all of the time or downcast eyes. Notice a person who may be talking or moving faster than they normally do as this can point to high anxiety. All emotional pain needs to be seen not as just someone who is “acting out” but one who is looking for someone, anyone, who will try to understand them. You don’t have to be prepared for what you would say the next time you sense someone’s emotional pain. They’ll point the way for us to show compassion. Don’t let the moment slip by when you sense the pain, God can give you the words, and actions you need to take to help the hurting make it through another day. Don’t give up on them. Choose to take the first step toward them. God will do the rest.
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.