Watching a friend go through a tragic loss is awful. You love them and want to help them but you can’t take their pain away. There’s nothing that you or they could have done to prevent the tragedy and that’s a hard reality to accept. 

For me, I’m a control freak. I go insane when I don’t get my way. It’s not a pretty trait to have but I have it. (Therapy has helped me with this)

So, what can you do for that loved one who just lost a piece of their heart and their life? You can pray. Pray for them like you have never prayed before. And when you can’t pray anymore just be quiet and still. Let your heart speak to God. He knows the inner most thoughts and desires of your heart. Don’t rush your loved one to recover or “get over it”. They will truly never get over it. You can, however offer your unwavering support, an ear to hear, a shoulder to cry on. 

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

As a person who has experienced loss (10 years ago my mom passed unexpectedly) it meant the world to me to have friends who would just sit and listen and hug me when I cried. They didn’t need to do anything else. The prayers and love that I received from, not only friends but strangers as well was astonishing. 

So, even if your loved one doesn’t want to share with the world their loss you can still help them by praying, you can ask your friends and family to pray and submit an unspoken prayer request to your prayer chain. Jesus knows. 

He heals the brokenhearted.  

Psalm 147:3

I ask that you pray for my dear friend in their time of need. 

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