The Ministry of Presence – Be There…

The ministry of presence
Job 2:13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

There is much to be said about Job, and how Satan brought destruction and disease to his life. How his fear opened the door, how in his affliction, he stood, as in the day of his prosperity, alone, and without compare in the earth.

Notice here Jobs comforters. Much has been said, about how wrong they were in their evaluation of the reasons for Job’s distress, but in this passage, they did right. They saw the destruction that had occurred in Job’s life, and they did what very few seemed to have learned these days: they did not speak! They simply sat with him, their presence attempting to bring some solace to a grief torn soul.
Some years ago, I was called to minister to a woman, who’s mother had died, and who had been very traumatized by a series of horrible events in her life. There was so much I wanted to say, as my wife and I would visit her, but Holy Spirit would put a zip on my lip, and I would simply, quietly sit with her.

Even that appeared too much for her, so I would lift her up in fervent prayer, crying out for God to do what no man could do, heal her, give her hope and an future. One day when I was praying, I saw a picture of her, and it seemed that all of her skin had been burnt away. I was reminded of a medical procedure I had heard of for victims of third degree burns, where the victim was immersed in some sort of fluid, while the skin grew back. That any touch to the person before that, caused them excruciating pain.

In the picture the Lord showed me that as I prayed, this woman was being immersed in the Holy Spirit, and His comfort was the healing she needed.
I did not see her for a couple of years, but when I did, I was amazed! She had married, and was the very joyful mother of two beautiful children! Truly God had turned her mourning into joy!

Sometimes, all we can do after tragedy, is simply be there, then quietly pray for the afflicted, from a distance. God’s love and healing, go deeper than anyone’s deepest pain. Jesus is Lord!

I read an article about Job’s wife that was thought provoking, extolling the virtues of Job’s wife.

The Scripture is unclear what happened to Job’s wife at the end of the story, but this author quoted believes she lived through Job’s trial (personally, I am not so sure). Here’s what they said:

“While we weep with Job, we miss the faithful, steady presence of his wife. She put aside her own grief to stay care for her husband. Imagine the exhausting drain, caring for a suffering soul like Job. Imagine the loud howls of agony, hour after hour, day after day. Imagine the one you love walking the thin line of sanity, suffering excruciating, debilitating pain.

Job’s wife continued this mission of mercy without the resources of a helpful support network, without any financial resources, without relief. Their children were gone, their friends and family scattered, her God seemingly absent.”

In any case, there is a love and comfort from Holy Spirit available in our deepest trial, a peace that passes all understanding, a love that endures, faithfully to the end, stronger than death…

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, I come to you now, asking that you use my life, in loving your people. In situations of extreme horror, may I remain and instrument of peace and prayer, even when words cannot be spoken to the person yet, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

Grief – a process…

Isaiah 53:4

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted


Today, as I read Warfare by Honor, by Qaumaniq and Suuqiina, I read the chapter on ‘Grief as Honor’.

I encourage you to read the book. In this chapter, they speak about the ‘wiping away of tears’ ceremony practiced by many native tribes. In this ceremony, people are encouraged to speak of the good memories they hold of the deceased, and to pray for the family.

Some have taken this practice to an IMO, (In Memory Of) that sends out an inquiry to all the friends and family of the deceased, to encourage each of them to bring forward good memories of the lost loved one, often monthly, until there is closure from the grieving process.

Isaiah 53:4

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted

There is a time to weep with those who are weeping, to gently walk with them through the valley of the shadow of death.
griefWe must believe that there is a sovereign God who really does love us, and that even this, will bring some good into the world…

grief pain born

Let’s pray:

‘Father, help us to honor those who grieve, to gently walk with them, bringing comfort, grace, and peace to them and their families, as they process the loss of their loved ones. Help us to be sensitive to You in this Lord Jesus, tenderly loving your people as You show us how. Amen’

I Lift My Eyes Up!

I Lift My Eyes Up!

As I face impossible circumstances in my life, I am comforted by this simple song:

For those of us facing the impossible today, I dedicate this song to you.
He is the everliving God. He sees, He knows, He cares, and He will comfort, heal and deliver us, today!