Diane Epling

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When There Are No Words

Diane Epling


When a close friend or loved one is experiencing deep sorrow, there are often no words that can express our empathy. When an event in our life is overwhelmingly joyful, we find no words that can express our emotions better than giddy laughter or tears of happiness. When our days are routine, and we feel like we are in a rut, we also may be unable to voice our boredom. That’s the great thing about people who know and love us: we don’t always need words. Sharing their ups and downs might mean simply sitting beside them and showing our support through silent understanding. 

God does the same for us when there are no words to show him our love, sadness, disappointment, frustration, thanks, and joy. He knows our hearts. He supports us in silence. He wraps us in His warm embrace. No matter the circumstances, even when we have no words because it is a day when we don’t think we have time or don’t feel like praying or spending time with God, He still loves us. He supports us in the silence. He whispers to our hearts and waits for our response. He is always with us, sharing whatever the moment brings.

Next time you sit down to pray, and there are no words, just talk to God. Share whatever emotions you are feeling—good or bad. God can handle our feelings. He’s the one who gave them to us. Being sad, angry, frustrated, happy, and carefree with God is okay. He wants to participate in every aspect of our lives. He is always present, always available, always at the door. Revelation 3:20 NIV, God tells us, Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

We have a standing invitation to share our lives with God. When there are no words, all we must do is open the door and commune in silence with the Lord. He sees our hearts and feels our emotions. When we are hurt, He hurts. When we are ecstatically happy, He feels the same for us. God wants a relationship with us, and that means sharing everything. God accepts all our emotions and nurtures us. It says in Zephaniah 3:17 ESV, The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Give everything within you to God, humble yourself before God, and He will exalt you.

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James 4:10 NIV

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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.