Sitting in Silence

Sunday, Oct. 31 after worship: Churchwide Covered Dish Luncheon
Sunday, Oct. 31: Consecration Sunday (Bring your commitment cards to worship!)
Sunday, Nov. 7: All Saints Day (submit names of family members who have passed away over the past year to the church office by Wed., Nov. 3)
Sunday, Nov. 7 after worship: Planning Meeting for Breakfast with Santa

"Now when Job's friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out far from his home....and they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw this his suffering was great."
Job 2:11, 13

This past week many have grieved with pastors Eddie and Martha June Kirby in the tragic death of their 12-year-old son, Jeremy. The Kirbys serve as pastors of First United Methodist Church in Biloxi.

In such unimaginable situations, we often ask ourselves, "What am I supposed to say to comfort this family? What am I supposed to do to help them?"

Sometimes no words are the most comforting of words. In the days immediately following the loss of his children, Job's friends respond to those questions by sitting with their friend in silence. Though Scripture tells us that they spoke no words, from their hearts silent prayers must have poured out to God. They came to their friend in his time of need and simply ministered to him with their presence.

As we continue to pray for the Kirby family, the congregation, and the many people touched by Jeremy's life, let us take note of Job and his friends. Let us be available to pray, even if we don't know what to ask. Let us be ready to comfort, even if we don't know what to do. When we sit with one another in grief, God sits with us. And when we are silent, God speaks.

grace to each of you,
Pastor Darian