It is impossible to go through life without suffering hurts. There is the physical kind, that can usually be repaired with anything from a band-aid to major surgery. But the worst kind of hurt is that which pierces your heart.
This type of hurt is a deep ache, that at times can even question the value of life itself. It doesn’t go away easily and can leave scars that last for years.
In being a friend to someone with a hurt that is deeply entrenched, we need to have patience, understanding and most of all, we need to be a good listener.
We do not necessarily need to have all the answers. Often, just working through the problem will allow the hurting one to resolve the situation themselves.
Allowing our friends the opportunity to share with us the burden weighing heavy on their hearts, will enable the care we have for them to commence the healing of their internal wounds.