It is easy to do, you know. We hear a "cry" for help from our brothers, our sisters, our friends or even strangers and we either pretend we don't hear it because we don't want to be bothered at the moment, we say, "I'll pray for you" and we don't or we decide to give them a lecture, filled with "helpful advice" before walking away.
If you think any of the above responses are correct than this blog is for you.
For just a moment, try to imagine yourself in their place. How would you feel? Careful now. The question is not "How do you think you would feel?" The question is "How would you feel?" meaning give the honest answer as opposed to the nicely-framed one.
How does it feel to be hemmed in by fear, despair and lonliness?
"Well! I'm a Christian therefore I never... "
Excuse me? If you believe that than you are either a liar or you are in denial. Even Jesus Himself experienced those emotions.
So, put yourself in the place of the person who is crying out for help. What if that was you? What would help you the most? Would you prefer that someone pats you on the head and walks away or would you prefer that they sit down beside you, hold you and even cry with you. Would the knowledge that you are not "sitting alone in the dark" and that someone has "heard" your cry bring you some measure of hope and comfort even if you were still in "the pit"?
May we learn to be willing to sit in the dark beside someone and hold their hand when necessary.