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Job 13:3-5 But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God. As for you, you whitewash with lies; all of you are worthless physicians. If you would only keep silent, that would be your wisdom!
Job cries out in his misery and begs his friends to be quiet: They cannot help his pain or quiet his misery; they cannot understand. He must confront his pain alone and take it directly to God, unmediated. How can I point the way, offer the aid, and stand in solidarity without attempting to mediate someone’s relationship with God? How do I remind myself that God speaks healing directly to the human heart?
MOVING FORWARD: How do you offer comfort? What feels like comforting action to you?