Someone wrote to me this morning about having a stillborn child years ago. She said that many people stayed away because they didn’t know what to say. I think so often this is the case. So we stay away or don’t mention it when we are with them because we don’t want to offend them. We worry we will say the wrong thing. We need to get over this. She said someone in her ward that she didn’t know very well came and sat with her and she appreciated it so much. When it first became public knowledge that I was getting divorced a woman in my ward came by with a card and some
So when I was responding to this woman this morning the story of Job and his friends came to my mind. I looked it up and it’s perfect. I am so sad I didn’t think of it during the podcast! But in Job 2:11-13 it says, “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place… for they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off and knew him not, they lifted up their voice and wept… So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none of them
Also, there is a book about validating people and letting them feel their feels that I love. Everyone should read it, at least once a year. I’m overdue. I’ll include the link.
Have a great day!