The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Sometimes silence speaks

When someone is suffering, your presence is enough

Silence can be more healing than words. "I don't know what to say," some tell me about making a hospital visit to a person who is dying or calling on a bereaved friend.

"Well, then, just don't say anything," I tell her. "Just be there for a little while."

I'm wandering through the book of Job right now. Sooner or later, everyone who reads the Bible identifies with Job: He's the good guy who gets a raw deal, the person in Scripture who asks the Why me? question most poignantly. Job loses everything — home, family, fields, flocks, his entire future. All are gone.

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