{A Guest Post}

On Friday, our nation came face to face with a fresh and startling reality of the depths of evil and an even deeper need for the Hope of Jesus. As we continue to reel in horror about the events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut taking the lives of innocent children and several heroic staff, all of us at My Hope with Billy Graham are praying for the families, the town and all of those surrounding them with love.

Today, we have a guest post from a mother that has had a child go to heaven as a result of tragedy. We hope that it will be helpful as you embrace the opportunity to share Jesus’ love by building and nurturing relationships in the face of this tragedy.

This morning, I watched the most glorious sunrise over the ocean. Against the backdrop of God’s magnificence, my heart is drawn to the grieving in Connecticut. From experience, sorrow’s intense pain presents a freshness at the break of each new day.

Words of comfort are so inadequate. No one has the power to do the only thing these precious families deeply desire-change the reality of the devastation.

What. can. we. do?

Be silent.

Perhaps our physical presence will be used in the lives of these families. However, it will be embracing arms and listening ears that are the biggest gifts to the grieving. Not spoken words. It is in our silence where the Holy Spirit is able to show the Hope of Jesus and comfort more completely and perfectly than we can.

If you find yourself in the presence of a grieving person, give them the gift of your presence—and SILENCE. Don’t feel the need to speak a word. Don’t try to fix anything. Hug them. Hold them. Tell them you are sorry. Tell them you love them. SHOW them God loves them with your actions.

It’s a good time to be speechless. Get comfortable with it!

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort…(2 Corinthians 1:3 KJV)