This instruction from the apostle Paul reminds me of how important it is for us to be able to come alongside those around us through every twist and turn in life. I realized early on into adulthood how difficult that principle can be to actually live out consistently. Growing up in the Lord for me, in large part, has looked like applying that in my relationships. What does it look like to rejoice with those who are rejoicing, even when we might not be? How can we step into other people’s mourning alongside them, even if we don’t feel like we have the words or understanding?
Moments like the Uvalde tragedy from last week remind us how important it is to stop and mourn with those who are mourning. If you’re like me, I can run right past the lament and process steps (both personally and with others) and try to go straight to praying and getting past it. However, Jesus Himself models this for us in how He chose to pause in His own daily rhythm and in other’s lives. Is there anything you’re rushing to get past, instead of facing and acknowledging? Who in your life needs you to take the time to pause and either rejoice or mourn with them?
Father God, I ask You to remind me by Your Spirit when I need to pause. Don’t let me rush past the divine appointments You have put throughout my day. Let me see where You are working and where I can come alongside those in my life. Thank You for the way You always see, know us, and pause with us on our best and worst days.