Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
– Galatians 6:2
Sometimes, a friend or loved one can be suffering in ways that we don't understand. It could be something that we have not experienced before, so we think we have nothing to offer them. Or it could be that their experience/pain frightens us, and we avoid being around them for awhile. Both of which can be equally hurtful.
How can we show people that we care? How can we help to carry their burdens with them?
Be there, be present.
We often think that we need to have something important and inspiring to say to them, but sometimes the best thing we can do is just be present. Being surrounded by people who love and care for us in itself can be comforting. ◡̈
Don't rush the process.
Some trials and pain linger with people for much of their lives. Everyone handles pain differently. There are good days, and there are days with triggers that remind them of the pain and grief. Be patient and be aware that not all wounds can be seen on the outside.
Display love through your actions.
When a person is in pain, even the tiniest thing can overwhelm them. We can support them through helping to do the simple things – make meals, run errands, tidy up the place, or simply leave an encouragement note in their inbox.
These practical actions speak volume and bring comfort in those difficult moments. ◡̈