Revisiting: Empty Words?

 As the rain and the snow  come down from heaven,
 and do not return to it without watering the earth
 and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater so is my word that goes out from my mouth: 

It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;  the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.  (Isaiah 55: 10-12 NIV)

Today I received one of the most pain-filled emails I have ever received from a woman wracked with depression, and not wanting to go on.  I like to think I can encourage people - but I found I had no words.  What do you say when someone truly wants to die?  “God loves you”  sounds so shallow - so empty.  She had reached out for help and gotten none. The “system” failed her.  I’m not sure she will reach about again.

She made a comment at the end of her email to me.  “Words mean nothing and actions speak very loud.”  She had taken all of the right steps.  Sought out help.  Did all she could do.  Yet now felt like little was worth living for in this life.

I feel helpless.  You see, all I have to offer are words.  Most importantly, the living Word.  Yet, what do you do when someone has been so hurt, so disappointed, they even turn from God?

I’m guessing this dear sister in Christ is not the only one who is feeling this way.  Many of my devotionals have been about “holding on.”  But how do you hold on when you don’t trust the only One to hold on to?

The only answer I have, to this dear woman, and to everyone who feels this way is that I have no idea why these things are happening to you - but I do know God loves you.  I know it sounds trite.  I know I’ve said it before.  I know it sounds empty.  Yet, those are the only words I have.

I grieve beyond words for this woman, and for each one of you who is so deeply hurt and wounded that turning away from God seems your only option - believing the hurt and wounds come from Him, not believing He will respond.  Truth is, sometimes it seems He doesn’t.  How does one, who has walked over the chasm, who has seen the bridge into life - convince the one who cannot see the way, that it is actually there - and they are safe walking across that chasm?

I weep for this woman.  I pray for her.  I light a candle for her.  I have no other words than “God loves you and weeps with you.”  I don’t know her story.  I don’t know much more than the fact she is in so much pain.  I pray God gives me words - words that are not empty.  Words that are filled with Him.

Father God - I lift up every person who reads this, who is close to giving up - on life - on You.  I pray, Lord, that somehow - you manifest yourself to them.  Bring comfort where there is none.  Bring an answer.  Bring hope.  Lord, I don’t believe you want your children to suffer to the point where they no longer want to live.  I pray you snatch each one back from the chasm of darkness they are falling into and show them that the bridge exists.  The bridge that exists because of You.  My words may be empty, Lord.  But yours are not.  Today - I pray YOUR words from Isaiah 55:1.

"Come, all you who are thirsty,  come to the waters;                                      and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!                                         Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

Why spend money on what is not bread,                                                              

and your labor on what does not satisfy?                                                         

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,                                                            

and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Give ear and come to me;
 hear me, that your soul may live.
 I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
 my faithful love promised to David.

Lord .... let each one find You.  Amen and amen.

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