Life IS Hard!

These days I tend to spend time with people going through tough times in their lives. I now hear stories and details that in the past I wouldn’t have known. Because people know that I provide pastoral care, they tend to tell me things that they don’t share with others.

It has made me a lot more sensitive to the fact that life is hard.

And I recognize that for most of my life I was not as aware. Not that I wouldn’t know that people were dealing with life issues — cancer, death of a loved one, caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s, etc. But I was not in a position to know the details, to hear their stories. So I didn’t recognize how very hard what they were dealing with was.

You may be one of these people for whom life is hard right now. If so, then you know, and can empathize with others going through similar times.

If you’re not, then just be aware that there are folks all around you every day for whom life is hard. And that a gentle word, a gentle touch, can mean so much, even if you don’t know all the details.

  1. Dan Smith says:

    Jim, thank you so much for this post. I have been feeling downtrodden by my current circumstances and I just needed to hear that I’m not the only one. We just buried my grandpa, and the very next day my grandma broke her hip and is still in the hospital. Work is rough on top of that as well as my graduate work. My family is definitely being tried at the moment, as well as my faith. I appreciate your words and it has definitely helped.

  2. Jim Hughes says:

    Dan –

    You’re far from being alone, in multiple ways. Not that that makes what you’re going through any less difficult, but it does seem to help us to know that other people are going through seasons that are as difficult or even more so than ours. While these times are hard, what I see over and over in the lives of others, as well as my own, is that these are the times that we get to see God working. My prayer for you is that He will show Himself to you in very visible ways as you walk through this time.

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