Now when so many people are alone — with no one “in place” to whom to talk and no one to listen.
Let’s look at one of the most alone suffering person — JOB!
He lost everything and YET his friends came to him.
In our current time that “coming would take a different — virtual form.
In Job. 2:11-13, the Bible introduces us to Job’s friends. Here is what the Bible says they did:
“Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven. So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.”
They put aside time to be with him — at the end the length of the time — seven days and seven nights — stands out.
They came to mourn with him.
They came to confort him.
However, they did not recognize him — a surprising detail about their friendship — his suffering had changed how he looked!
They cried with him.
They spent an extended amount of time with him: FOR SEVEN DAYS and SEVEN NiIGHTS.
They did not not solve his situation by telling him what to do, what to think.
By listening to him, Job and God worked things out.
Being present to him the best present they could offer!
When so many people suffer alone, reaching out by phone, by skype, by FaceTime, by ZOOM or … will …