2 Corinthians 1
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
5 For the more we suffer for Christ,
the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.
I've lived too long & seen too much.
I've come to understand that one of the greatest gifts we can give anyone is to say these 5 words to them...
“I understand. I've been there.”
Most of the time, people don't want 10 cents worth of Bible verses.
They certainly don't need trite, hackneyed little sayings like:
“Just let God & let God.”
“God never closes a door unless He opens a window.”
“God never gives us things we can't handle.”
(and my personal fav) “God is still on His throne.”
And they definitely don't need unasked for advice!
Most of the time, people just was us to be there, with them, listening to them, holding them up.
And if we can say truthfully “I've been there” because we really have, that's a extra special gift.
Just a thought...