Romans 12:15 (CEB)
15Be happy with those who are happy, and cry with those who are crying.
Isn’t it great to celebrate with people? Whether it’s Christmas dinner with family members you don’t get to see very often or a birthday party with your best friends, celebrations are fun. When you show up to a celebration for somebody, it says, “I care about you.”
But on the other side of the coin, there are times of sadness, too. Funerals and hospital visits aren’t very fun at all. In fact, sometimes they can be uncomfortable and even overwhelming. We tend to want to avoid those situations because we don’t know what to say. But remember, just showing up says all that needs to be said. It says, “I care about you.”
As Christians, we don’t share our companionship with people only when they are happy, but also—and maybe even more importantly—when they are sad. Offering somebody a shoulder to cry on or a sympathetic ear can be the greatest gift of all. Just think of a time when somebody was there for you in that way. Didn’t it seem to magically make you feel better?
It’s not magic at all. It’s God. We’ve already talked about how God responds to us by sending comfort. Often times, God sends that comfort through a person—somebody like you. It’s certainly more fun to rejoice than mourn. But in those times of mourning, you can allow God’s love to really shine through.
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