Parties are fun.  Weddings are great celebrations.  But no one needs you when they are happy and things are going well.  You are needed when people are hurting.  You are needed when the world doesn’t make sense.  The presence of other people is a great blessing to those who are dealing with the hard questions.

“It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting…”  Ecc. 7:2

There is no need to have the right words of comfort.  Comfort comes from the love and concern of people near.

Be near.