Be there for those who are distressed, lonely, forgotten. Words are often not necessary. Sometimes just being there is enough. At times of trouble people want your presence not your presents. Money and material things can not heal hurt or sorrow, but love can, friendship can, thoughtfulness can. Be 100% present. Do not be distracted by anything but be fully focused on the one who needs you. Do not pretend that you know what he or she is going through or that you understand his or her feelings. Each one of us experiences pain in different ways. Don’t say, “It’s God’s will.” You do not know the mind of God. Our role is just to be there.

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