The LORD is near to the brokenhearted… Psalm 34:18
This is a very comforting truth when we’re hurting, but especially when we are hurting for others. When our friends hurt, we want to DO something, as we should! We should encourage and give all that we can…But we also face the realization that we can’t take away the pain. It’s as if we can SEE their hurt, but can’t REACH it. But God can. He is NEAR to the brokenhearted in ways we can’t be.
As we do all that we can to be there and help those who are hurting, we can also pray, with great confidence, “Lord, be near to my friend(s) as they hurt.” He hears, and answers. He is near to the brokenhearted.