Comments on news stories are fascinating.
I welcome the opportunity to spend a few minutes reading the comments so I can observe people and try to read between the lines. Questions run through my mind:
- Who are they?
- Who hurt them?
- What do they do during the day?
- What kind of family life do they have or not have?
Comments under a post about the missing country singer, Craig Strickland, snagged my attention the other day. “Guest” kept posting sarcastic and angry comments, mostly against God. I saw hurt and anger between the lines.
The people ministering to Guest were trying to bridge the gap between belief and non-belief. “Guest” wouldn’t accept their answers. So I stayed silent as it is good to be silent.
Instead, I prayed for “Guest” during the back and forth conversation.
I believe someone will come alongside in answer to that prayer, and I pray for that person, too, because trying to show compassion to another person who is hurt and angry is like trying to hug a cactus. Some are even like Jumping Choia, sending barbs out on a foul wind. Once they find out what you believe, they want nothing to do with you. They want to hang around people who are as bitter as they so they can nurse the barb in their heart rather than pull it out.
Healing is and will always be a process. Believers are just as guilty as non-believers for nursing along a hurt.
So pray for “Guest.” And pray for the family of Craig Strickland.