July 20, 2015

Last week while training to be a chaplain for the Grand Forks Police department, the presenter quoted Corrie Ten Boom, who was prisoner in a German prison camp. She said, “Pain has everything to do with silence.”

In other words, if you do not talk about your pain, you will suffer alone with it. You will be worried, develop anxiety, have depression and no one will ever know.

Some people choose to be silent and to suffer, never trusting anyone to help them. Can it be that people prefer hurting and being in pain alone? I must ask why? Asking the reasons for such actions will give many answers, I am already sure. So in this short non-professional blog, how can a silent painful suffer be helped?

In James 1:19, God gives us all some great wisdom. The verse says, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” In other words be a person who is a great confidential listener.

Also, in silence practice the art of prayer. These people hurt, they are in pain and praying for them is an easy solution that can be achieved while listening. But, this prayer must be according to the instructions of the Bible. You may be their only hope. Let this verse be your heart cry for the silent suffering person; “Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you.”

Lastly, be their friend. If these steps are used, in time they will talk. They may still be in pain and it may take some time to work through the problems but they will not be alone anymore.

Pastor Phil