Different thoughts of encouragement and urging-on are travelling through my mind like a train that hasn't reached its destination yet. They aren't stopping to unload. What do you say when you don't know what to say?
Why do we too often attempt to fill silence and blank pages when there aren't really timely words available or necessary? Over-wording can be more of a problem than having a lack of them.
Certain situations and times require an ear and a shoulder more than words. Grief. Hurt. Struggle. When we don't know what to say, that doesn't mean to speak every word we can think of hoping to land on the right one.
Maybe we should just be there.
Maybe we should just listen.
Maybe we should just wait and pray.
The power of death and life is in the tongue - when it is in action and when it is still. I urge you to use this power wisely, remembering that silence doesn't have to be awkward.
Father, help me to recognize when it is time to speak and when it is time to be silent. May the silence be spent in prayer, knowing that You will give words at the right time. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Proverbs 18:21, Proverbs 10:19, Psalm 46:10, John 11:31-35