Tragedies. So many of them in my own country (USA) and around the world. It’s one thing to read about, or watch the news, regarding any of the tragic events that affect other people. It’s quite another when tragedy strikes at home. 🙁
Last night we got a call from my father-in-law; he told my husband Dave that his younger brother Doug had committed suicide. The entire family is in shock.
Shock. Confusion. Devastation. Sorrow. Anguish. Disbelief. Denial. Anger. Despair. Guilt.
Just some of the range of emotions members of the family and friends are experiencing. Where do you turn when tragedy strikes at home?
Romans 12:15 provides an answer: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.”
Lamentations 3:22 says God’s compassion never fails.
And 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
It seems the place to turn when tragedy strikes is to God, family, and friends. To those who truly care, who also have compassion, who comfort and not blame. We are to extend the comfort and compassion we have received to others in need of the same.
Not opinions, not judgments, not criticism, not speculation or gossip about why something happened the way it did or why someone–in a case like this–chose to end his or her life. Just compassion and kindness. A shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a comforting embrace.
Where do YOU turn when tragedy strikes?
Do you offer comfort and compassion to others in need?