Welcome to the  MOHC blog, a daily dose of encouragement from Pastor David Chadwick. 


We all have hurting people around us. This world is broken. Not operating as God originally intended.

We have broken bodies. We are in broken relationships. We live and work with broken people.

So then, how are Jesus’s followers to live in this broken world?

First, we are all called to serve others (Mark 10:45). We are to raise up our spiritual antennae to sense the hurting people around us.

To be a walking ICU to those who are hurting.

ICU? Think about it. Medical personnel are always on high alert. Their ears are attuned to every need around them. Every strange beep and sound. And they respond immediately, with urgency and compassion to those in need.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

As Jesus comforts those in need, may we do so as well. His followers and disciples, living as he lived. Noticing and caring for those who are hurting.

Be a walking ICU to those around you throughout your day.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

Only God fully knows the extent of our pain. Grief. Sorrow. Failure.

It’s why we should never say to a hurting person, “I know how you feel.”

Why? Because you don’t. You have not been through exactly what this person has been through. You have not walked through every step of life in their shoes.

Yes, you may have experienced a similar situation, enabling you to practice empathy. However, it’s impossible for one human being to experience the exact same feelings as another. But God’s understanding knows no limits. He understands us fully.

Here’s the best thing you can do for those who are hurting: Practice the ministry of presence. Simply sit beside them. Be there for them. Care for them. Love them.

And if you must say something, tell them of God’s great love for them. And his promise to heal their hurts and bind their wounds (Psalm 147:3).

Sometimes sitting in silence is the best way to offer comfort. Let your physical presence be your strongest statement of support.

Your loving presence will be what the suffering person will never forget.

Walk softly around a broken heart.

Consider this lesson from the book of Job. During a time in Job’s life when he was immensely suffering, three of Job’s friends attempted to comfort him. At first, they were quiet. Listened. Wept with him (Job 2:11-13).

But shortly thereafter, their attitudes changed. They began pontificating on why Job was suffering. They suggested that his suffering was because of his sin. And they deeply hurt Job’s heart.

God didn’t like it either! At the end of Job’s trial, God chastised the three men and told them to go apologize to Job (Job 42:7-9)! They had wrongly caricatured God. They did not understand what was happening in the courts of heaven - in the invisible, eternal world where God dwells.

We are to “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). Meaning, instead of offering easy answers, we should practice empathy. When we are willing to enter into the pain of a suffering friend, we follow the example of Jesus, who came to bear our pain and be with us as we suffer.

So remember, walk softly around a broken heart. Our physical presence with a hurting friend can be our best way to comfort and support.