We've all been there: Those times when the people we care most about need us badly, perhaps in the face of dreadful news. Of course, the tables sometimes turn, and we need others to provide succor and solace. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature." But being present in these difficult, sometimes overwhelming moments, isn't always easy. Tears, trauma, and anguish can be hard to bear. Yet sometimes simply being there is all we can offer, and might even be all that's needed, as we hear from Patricia Liberty.
Patricia Liberty is a retired United Church of Christ pastor.