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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Teen Thursday - Hosted by Shelby Sharp - "Hurting With Those In A World Of Hurt"

Hey Teen Team!'m a 15 year old Jesus freak and I'm here to host Teen Thursday.

I'm back again with a brand new " Hot Topic" and question.
I know we will have a good time.

Let's get to know Jesus better. You and me.

Verse of the Week: Romans 12:15
When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.

This week's "Hot Topic" 


The phone ringing in the middle of the night jarred the young pastor awake. " Pastor, our daughter..." the voice on the phone choked. " She was in a bad car accident tonight. She's in sugery and...we're not sure...she'll make it."
The pastor dressed quickly and hurried to the hospital, praying all the way. When he arrived, tear-streaked faces told the story. The girl had died in surgery. He tried to say something to the parents, but he couldn't get the words out. He just sat and sobbed with the heartbroken mom and dad.
Not much later the girl's parents moved away, and the young pastor didn't see them for several years. When the pastor ran into them at a conference, he fumbled for words. " I have and apology to make," he said. " The night your daughter died, I failed you. I just cried. I'm should have read Scripture to you and offer you words of hope. But I didn't. I just cried.  I'm so sorry I let you down that night."
" You didn't let us down, Pastor," the girl's dad said. " What you did brought us great comfort. You felt our hurt and cried with us. You shared more than words with us: you shared your heart. And we will always be grateful."
Deep lesson: The pastor thought he failed. But what he actually did was show the kind of sympathy Jesus showed.
If people slam into sorrow or disappointment, the first thing they need to is someone who feels their pain. When his friend Lazarus died (see John 11), Jesus cried with Lazarus's sisters, Mary and Martha. Why didn't Jesus just say, " Don't cry, ladies. Give me a few minutes and I'll have Lazarus back from the dead."? Because at that exact moment what they needed was someone to cry with them. So Jesus did. Later he performed the miracle that turned sorrow into joy.
If you have family members and friends who hurt, the greatest gift you can give is to sorrow with them. Comfort isn't a pep talk nudging someone to "hang in there." God is in control and everything will be ok. Those things might be helpful later, but they don't deliver what people need most: comfort.
People walloped by hurt find comfot when they know they aren't suffering alone. So when a friend is crushed with sorrow or disappointment, feel crushed too. And it's ok to say something like, " I'm so sad for you" or, " I hurt for you" or, " I'm sorry you are hurting." It's what Jesus would do.
What does comfort look like when you show it to hurting friends?
Pray for your friends who need God's help - and ask God to use you to comfort them.

Start your comments.............NOW!

Also feel free to share any prayer requests with all of us. We need to be prayer warriors for each other.


bickfordt said...

Nice Post Shelby, I know it's Friday, but well I'm always a little late. Anyhow. I just took a death and dying class and we talked about comforting those who have a loss in their life. One thing that stuck out to me was a comfort bag. Something that could be made with soft material with a small soothing lavendar pillow in it with two different textures on each side. This is to feel soft and rough. Life is full of two sided feelings. Yet it can be comforting. You can put sweettarts in it because life is bitter sweet. A box of tissues for the times when you should cry. Some people mad a heart on the outside that was broken and only made whole when the angel is put into the heart. They were really creative and quit a variety. Others added a small blanket to curl up with needing to cuddle, or an old sock with a face on it, and theirs a little poem that goes with it to whack it whack it whack it when your mad. It's a really neat concept and gives you something to physically do also for someone in need

Tonya said...

you can comment ANY day you want to! :-)
I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing.

Shelby said...

Thanks so much!

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