Each Thursday, a quote that has some kind of meaning to me will be posted here on OCF. In light of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on Oct. 15, I decided to share this Nouwen quote.
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares." -Henri Nouwen
In our own grief journey, those in our community who have been able to sit with us in our pain without explaining it away or sprinkling it with Jesus dust in the name of "encouragement" have been such a blessing to us. I challenge you to consider which kind of person you are (and which kind of person you want to be), with those in your life that are experiencing trials or periods of suffering.