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Question of Care

I had a memory post on my Facebook feed and reminded me of a poem I wrote ten years ago. The poem “Question of Care” reminded me of the possible challenges and uncertainties that can arise when showing others that you care. During this season, we hear of the tragedy and challenges of others. Even when the pain and burdens are not verbally shared, the effects of the trials appear on their face and demeanor. What we witness we cannot unsee what we hear will not magically disappear.

How do we show the love that others need? It’s hard to determine what will be the right words or actions. So, I encourage those seeking to be seen and heard to offer grace to those who attempt to show love. And for those trying to share the burden or console the loved one to lead with sincerity. Your show-up may not be perfect but be sure to make it genuine. Their love may not be free of misunderstanding and fumbles, but an openness to being better together guides choices, growth, and hope for the future.

Question of Care

What is truth in the eyes of pain?

Is it a lame excuse?

Does an answer relieve the hurt?

Will it feel that it has been redeemed?

Does compassion mock the offended?

Or does it show that their wounds have not gone unseen?

Will the words “I know” share your empathy?

Or will it muffle their screams?

Does giving one space to think to show your considerate heart?

Or does it relay unreliable support?

Can a listening ear relieve the suppressed tears?

Will a nod assure the one you love that you are right there?

Can words of hope relieve the weight they bear?

Does a hug truly show love is here?

But if you do nothing, the question becomes

Do you even care?

Encouraging Verses

Hebrews 13:16

And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

Romans 12:13

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

John 15:12-13

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 1There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Galatians 6:2

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

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