Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

I read somewhere that in those days it was a custom at a feast to have a silver basket filled with golden yellow apples and they were offered to preferred guest. It was a great honor to receive one of these apples. The right word at the right time is also a way to honor a person.


When someone is going through a tragedy and especially the loss of a loved one it is not always easy to know what to say. I have been at funerals where people would tell someone not to grieve because after all their loved one was in heaven.

There is much comfort in knowing a loved one who has passed away is a Christian but that does not mean that we should not grieve. Some of my loved ones have been gone for nearly 40 years and I still miss them. Grieving is a natural process. The Bible tells us that "Jesus wept." That should let us know that it is a natural and acceptable act.

Sometimes the greatest words of comfort come from just letting a person know that you care, that you love them, and that you are hurting with them. Once when we were going through a loss one of our church members just walked up, put his hand on my wife's arm and gave her a little squeeze. She said that was more comforting than anything he could have said.

When people are hurting, words of comfort and gestures of caring are priceless. I think the greatest Words at these times are the words we always need to hear, "I Love You." Those are truly golden words.

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