There are days that you work hard with your body, and that is when your body aches and you have pain for sometime. Physically you feel drained. But there are other days where you situation leaves you emotionally aching. That is when you are emotionally drained, and often the emotions make your body feel fatigued as well.
In my job there is a lot of emotional fatigue because I put so much of myself into the people around me. These are the people attached to our church and friends who have become part of my heart. These people mean much to me, and when they hurt, often I hurt.
This past Monday was a difficult day for many of my fellow Oklahomans, yet I talked to many people who are hurting because in the mix of those severely hurt or killed by the tornados where children. To hear about those 3rd grade students in Moore, Oklahoma that died in the storm is almost too much to learn about. It reminds me of the people killed in the Boston bombing or in the children killed at Sandy Hook, Connecticut school in December of last year. Many of you like me were riveted to the news and mourned the death of children we had never met.
In the past several weeks many situations have drained my heart and my strength. This past evening I sat holding the hand of a dear friend battling cancer. Several weeks ago I sat with a dad who told me how his wife left town with their young son. This dad was devastated. I sat with a young husband a few weeks who shared with me about the difficultly in his marriage and his desire for restoration. A wife and mother called me not long ago and shared with me how her husband said he was done with their marriage. Recently I spent some times with grandparents who young grandchild was battling terrible health issues. I listened to a dear friend tell me about a special lady in her life is being hit hard with the affects of cancer as treatments are leaving her with very difficult problems.
That is just a few things, and you would agree that those situations cause fatigue as you deal with them and even when you have people you really care about as they share with you. God calls us to do life together. That means we share our joys and sorrows. That means we are our brother and sisters keeper. God created us for relationships. By sharing life we share the ups and the downs of life with each other.
Here are a few things that are important in relationships:
Ephesians 4:32 NLT
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Kindness goes a long way. Being tender is very important. Relationships can’t work without give and take which includes forgiveness.
1 Peter 4:8 NLT
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
Love is a big deal. Real love is unconditional and looks like what God has for us as we share it with others.
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
We might not have the same mom and dad, but we have the same God. That makes us family, and when one of our members hurts, we all hurt.
May God help us to connect with each other even more. May our connections bring courage and encouragement, strength and a source of inspiration, peace and a sense of God’s presence. God created us to share life together and that makes the hard decisions of life a little easier.