I won’t pretend that I know how you’re feeling today. I won’t pretend that I understand what keeps you awake at night or what pulls you from your sleep in the morning.
I won’t assume that I understand your pain. I don’t know what breaks your heart or drops you to your knees in desperation. I don’t understand what your days look like or even what you’re facing right now, what giant is looming over you while you stand in its shadow.
Are you trying to break free? Does someone or something have a tight grip on you? Are you lonely, feeling as if no one understands you or what you go through in a single day?
Maybe I don’t know you. Maybe I don’t understand the terror, discouragement, or exhaustion you face, but God does. He is with you. And in a small way, I am with you too. You see, I am your neighbor. We share the same planet. And I care about you.
I may not live within driving distance from where you are. Perhaps it would take more than one airplane to bring me to your door to give you a hug, but I can close my eyes and ask God to help you right now. I can pray and ask Him to bless you right where you are, to help you with what you are going through, and to give you strength and peace during your day.
I won’t pretend to pray for you either. I really will pray. And I’ll ask God to give you that hug for me. Right now…
“’Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:36-39 NIV.)