I talked to my aunt a few days ago. Everyone is back home after the funeral and she just wanted to "talk". So we just shot the breeze about a few things, nothing, anything. It was really hard on her burying her sister and I think although she never said it, she just needed someone to listen to her. There were over 150 people packed in the small church for my aunt's funeral. As we walked out, people were hugging, offering their condolences and saying that if we needed anything, to let them know.
At some point grief and sorrow will happen to us all. And normally during those times, everyone is around you wanting to help. As the days and weeks and months roll on though, people tend to forget (and not on purpose) about what happened but its still with you.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (from the Message) "All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you're just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you're going to make it, no doubt about it."
God commands us to be there for each other in times of need. You don't have to say anything. Most of the time, people understand that you don't know the answers anyway, they just want you there to listen to them talk for a while and sometimes even just to sit and neither of you say a word. We find so much time in our days to do the things we THINK are important, when will we find time to make the things God says are important a priority? I think we seriously need to start keeping a watchful eye on things God puts in our paths as ways to carry out His will.
I pray you all have had a wonderful week so far. Lord willing, we will talk again soon!
and just an update... they found my cousin yesterday and he is doing ok. Thanks for the prayers!!