10The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy. – Proverbs 14:10
One of the most tempting things to say when we are trying to comfort a loved one who is going through a tough time is, “I know how you feel.” The truth is that we may be able to relate, empathize, commiserate or otherwise share in the trial, but we never can really know the feeling of another person’s heart. This doesn’t mean that we should never bother to share in the pain and struggles. On the contrary, we are called to bear one another’s burdens. When we face these times with another though, our best course is often to simply be there and be present with our brother or sister. We cannot see or feel their pain, but we can walk with them through it all.