Monday, June 15, 2009

Loving Action

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18

I know she's struggling. I see it in her eyes every time she enters a room. I know what causes her pain and I ask about it, trying to give her a sounding board, but I sense she doesn't really want to talk about it. She does a tremendous job of pressing on, but the sadness, the anxiety just sits there behind her eyes. I see it and I want to help.

But how do I love, in action, when there is nothing I can do, no way for me to alleviate the pressure? I lack the resources, the knowledge, the ability to solve her problem. I'm not sure what she needs or what would ease her burden. I've prayed and prayed and prayed (so has she) and still there is no change in her situation. It seems to only get worse.

If it were me, I'd be discouraged, doubting God. She's much stronger than I am, but maybe she needs someone to come alongside and believe God can do the impossible for her. Maybe she needs someone else to wait on God, to expect Him to work. Maybe she needs another set of eyes to watch for His hand or notice her pain. She may need someone to hold fast to the faith when she doesn't have it in her anymore. Does the knowledge that someone remembers her often in their prayers, lift her spirits? Can it assure her she is not on this road alone?

Believe.
Wait.
Expect.
Watch.
Notice.
Hold fast.
Remember.
Pray.

All verbs. All action.

It doesn't seem like enough, but it's all I can do. I am with you, my friend, and I love you.

4 comments:

Linda said...

Especially pray. It is hard to know someone is hurting, want to help and not be able to. Living love is critical, but prayer reaches where we can't.

Susan said...

Great Tami...

Love is truly an action, no matter which one you choose.

I'm one that likes to do practical things as well.

Sending a card, dropping off a nice dessert, or leaving flowers at their door.

Usually when I pray, God gives me the idea.

Hope you are enjoying your summer♥

Brenda said...

I use this verse with our children often!

Annette said...

Your heart is so big for the people around you. Thank you for this post. It reminds me too of people in my life that are going through hard times that I don't know what to do for them but pray. Although that is the best thing to do for them is to pray.