Suitcases and overnight bags laden with a week’s worth of clothing, shoes and personal care items can weigh a lot and perhaps it is that similarity in clutter and weight to the problems that people carry and sometimes share with others that are sometimes called baggage.
Medical providers, clerics and other empathetic listeners are often burdened with the problems of the heartsick of this world. The question is, I believe, how to help distraught individuals without just being sapped of one’s own energy because it is very draining to hear bad news while feeling helpless to do anything constructive or concrete to relieve the agony of someone who has had a painful experience.
While there are the Eeyores among us who always seem downtrodden and incapable of being cheered up, there are the rest of the people who, as they go about their lives from day to day get the sudden disaster that stops them cold and leaves their communities in shock wondering how to help, or if they are next in line as fate doles out terrors.
Prayer and spiritual reading have long been my immediate remedies for my own catastrophes and also the solutions I offer and employ when anyone reaches out to me for help. But sometimes, I am overwhelmed by the news I am given and I am shrouded in sadness and it is time to reach out to greater communities for support that can come from numerous hearts.
Just this past week such an event occurred and I was very comforted by the responses of many individuals in my extended family and friends group when I requested prayers for a certain lady and her family. Collective prayer has always been very powerful and I felt content as the mantel of this strength and love crossed the country and went to those who needed it.