"Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was." Job 2:13 (NIV)
Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there! This Mother's Day, I am in Chicago preparing for a workshop I will be attending. It was a bit odd not being able to see my mom and children this day, but that certainly didn't take my thoughts away from the day at hand.
As always, I have a story to share. The other day, I was speaking to someone about what she could do for a friend of hers that was battling cancer. I thought back on those days with many differing opinions. There is a part of me that is very grateful for all the wonderful ways God blessed me through friends and family during that time. Yet, I thought about a different way that was just as impactful, "Silent Friendship". At first the person looked at me with an odd expression - of course I asked to explain.
Sometimes, when the trials and tribulations of the day come knocking upon our door, many around us want to provide advice and counsel. Nobody does this with malicious intent. People like to help, and I can certainly relate. Yet, some of the most profound times when I have needed help have come with someone just sitting by my side. It's okay not to have words to say - many times we aren't supposed to say anything - especially when things are at their lowest. Reflect above. Job had absolutely nothing left in his life - NOTHING. Yet, his friends came by and sat next to him - just "being". They did that for SEVEN days - just sitting and letting Job know they were there for him.
The same happens today. When trials hit us, many times as friends, we just don't know what to say. Yes, even I struggle with the right words. Yet, I don't think that's what God wants us to give each other all the time. He just wants us to be there for each other - just like He is always there for us. He knows our thoughts, he understands - yes he even gives us hugs and holds our hands - as our friends do for us. Silent Friendship can be golden.
On this note, I have many wonderful people who have done this for me over the years - just were "being" with me. One has been my mom. When I was sick and days were tough - she just came over and was there for me. That was EXACTLY what I needed. Maybe she made a silent cup of tea. Maybe she just sat and read her book - and just let me read mine. Much was said in those days of no conversation. The beautiful flowers in the picture are roses my mom gave me for Mother's Day. Here's to you, Mom - and our silent friendship.
The next time you find yourself wanting to DO something or SAY something to a friend, contemplate that the greatest you may give them is just you "being". God fills in for the conversation that isn't said. Let him do what he does best - and may we do what we do best. For all the mothers out there, I pray that you were blessed with a special day. Let's face it, as moms, every day is a special one.
"Heavenly Father, help us to know that sometimes silent friendship can be the greatest give we can give to each other. Just "being" can lead us to feel you, God, among us. And there is NO greater person to have among friends that YOU. Please bless all those who need some silent friendship today."