I read an article this week about a man who was dying of cancer. He talked about people being afraid of saying the wrong thing, or not coming to see him for fear of awkwardness. He spoke of old friends who stayed away because they felt it had been too long and reconnecting in his last months would be strange. Then he said something that really struck me,
If you’re going to make a mistake, make a mistake doing something.
How often do we neglect to reach out because we fear that somehow we’ll embarrass ourselves, it will be awkward, or perhaps we even fear we’ll say something that might cause the other person pain?
I think this applies to friends in all kinds of circumstances – not only the dying. How often do we hear news of a divorce, a struggling child, an illness, or some other situation in the life of an old friend, a person we know in our community, or somewhat distant relative, and we say nothing because it seems too uncomfortable? Maybe we can’t change the situation or even help in a tangible way, but we can care, we can pray. How will they know we care if we say nothing?
Do you need to make a call, send an email, or put a note in the mail? Who needs to hear from you today? Can you share with us?
#791 – 800 giving thanks
my father’s birthday today
Russ’ mom’s birthday today
my godson’s birthday today
meaningful conversations with Russ
a friend who is suffering, and knows I care
Dimples spending the night at Aunt Michele’s
Ladybug’s enthusiasm for life and her Leap Day festivities
Honeybee’s experiments with her natural hair
participating in the development of a resource for kids with HIV
unexpected words that speak truth into our lives
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