Putting Away Empty Promises

If God is all you have, God is all you need.

God will never give you more than you can handle.

Everything happens for a reason.

I’m guilty of using the above clichés and others when trying to offer words of comfort or hope to those who have been hurting. And even with knowing the good intentions I tried to colour those words with, I still cringe when I think back on those times.

It took walking through some shadow-filled valleys for me to realize how little comfort those words held (at least for me). I’m left wondering if they gave even a modicum of comfort when I spoke them to someone else?

But I don’t want to talk about how shallow such words can be, how empty.

It’s easy to complain about such things. It’s another thing to do something about it.

For the Bible doesn’t tell us to spout empty phrases at one another when we’re in life’s dark valleys. Within its pages we are told to weep with those who weep, to lend a helping hand, and that we’re stronger together.

Why?

Photo: Dave Winer ©2010

Because love does – it is more than promises longed for. It’s hope given, felt, seen, tasted.

If you’d like, please help me pack up the trite phrases. Let’s work together to give life and breath, heart and hands and feet to our words. Then they won’t merely be empty promises.

Photo Credit: Dave Winer ©2010 (Flickr via Creative Commons)

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