|Sometimes the simplest of words, such as these from a|
volunteer at All Nations Omaha Church college group
are exactly what people need to hear.
The thing is, people don’t always want to hear the answer. It’s their journey to walk along, and maybe what they need at this moment is to pause and have someone listen. Take the time to just listen to someone, get to know them as an individual. The wonderful support that comes when someone deeply listens to you without judgment or correction can be very therapeutic.
I’ve seen Christ open hearts as I simply listen in this way to guests at the Lydia House. The other day I was helping a guest get some clothes, as she only had what she was wearing. She told me she had just gotten out of jail, had nothing, and was trying to turn her life around. I listened to her story as she told me about trying to get her daughter back. She told me, “You can only fall if you allow yourself to fall, and I’m not allowing myself to fall anymore.”
We continued to talk, and she apologized for bothering me with all of this. I told her that I live in the moment, right now this moment was hers, it was not a bother at all, and that I was blessed to hear her story.
I still do not know where those words came from, and I truly believe that after pausing to listen to this woman, God was able to help me say exactly what she needed to hear. Holding back tears she said, “That’s nice to hear, because no one has said that to me in a long time.”
Family Support Worker