Listener

LISTENER
by Danny Tariman

“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them” (Isaiah 50:4)

“I am so distressed. I don’t know who to talk to, bro,” my long-time friend texted me.

He had just moved to a new apartment but ran into some difficulties. His unit had no provision for a telephone line and his car pass was having some processing issues, among other small but compounding matters. He had been following up with the property’s caretaker but to no avail. “Am so tired and weary,” read his last text to me.

He’s a retiree living alone so it must be physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting to deal with his problems by himself.

I didn’t know what to reply except, “Praying for you, bro.” Then I quoted to him Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” And when I sensed he was at the verge of giving up, I shared with him 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

Sometimes, we feel helpless when we can’t offer anything to alleviate other people’s problems. But I’ve learned that listening to them, praying for them, and sharing God’s Word with them goes a long way.

Reflect: How do you awaken a weary soul?

Prayer: Dear Lord, teach me to strengthen the weak and give hope to the weary. Amen.

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