Spiritual Practice

Being There for Others

Brian West & Melinda Williams

rbww_53A few years ago, I preached a sermon at my church. The title of the sermon was  “Awesome Christianity,” and one of the themes that I discussed was being there for others.

In the sermon I described a scene from a made-for-TV movie about the Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped in an underground mine for several days. In this particular scene, a wife of one of the miners knelt at the rescue sight, crying for the safety of her husband. Shortly, a rescue worker walked over, put his hand on her shoulder, and began to pray for her. He was trying to be there for her during her time of need.

I believe this is what God calls each of us to do. God wants us to be there for one another and to comfort others during their times of trial.

Our God has said: “Encourage my people! Give them comfort.”
Isaiah 40:1 (CEV)

—Brian West, 16



You are like a rock—
when I am near you,
covered by your shadow,
gentled by your strength,
encouraged by your faith,
comforted by your spirit,
am able to stand
by the world.

—Melinda Williams

—from Devo’Zine (July/August 2004). Copyright © 2004 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved.

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