May 20
2 Samuel 1:1-12

Tragedy strikes

When David came back from his battle with the Amalekites, a young man arrived with bad news.

The Philistines had attacked Saul’s army on the mountain of Gilboa. The fighting was fierce and in the chaos of battle, an arrow hit and wounded Saul. Saul killed himself by falling on his own sword. Jonathan and his brothers also died in the battle, together with those who had not fled.

When David heard about the death of Saul and Jonathan, he tore his clothes and cried bitterly until evening.

How can I comfort a friend when someone has died?

You would probably feel a little uneasy talking to a friend who has lost someone through death. It would seem out of place to talk about everyday things, and yet it may feel awkward to talk about death. When you meet your friend, you need not try to look or feel as sad as she does, but rather show your genuine care.

Sometimes it is best not to say too much, but just to sit quietly with your friend. She will feel your love even though you don’t say much. If your friend would like to talk, ask her what she admires most about the person who died, or ask her to tell you about the fun times that she remembers having together.

Tell your friend how it makes you feel to see her so sad. You can tell her that God loves her very much and feels sad with her. Encourage her to tell God how she feels. If your friend doesn’t feel like praying, you could ask if it would be okay to say a prayer for her. Pray that God will help her to feel His great love, and thank Him for the hope we have of being together one day in Heaven.

Verse for today

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4