Sometimes there are no words

(Below is an excerpt from a blog post which is published on

Sometimes there is just nothing to say.

There are some things that happen in life that words won’t heal.
There are some things that take our breath away that only silence can breathe life back into our lungs.
They are the things of life that are beyond someone giving a kind word, a positive hopeful thought, a story of so and so who went through this and that and made it through, a good sermon, or an uplifting song. I mean, don’t get me wrong, these things help especially when they are blanketed by the truth of Gods word, but somewhere amidst the things of life that exceed the realm of platitudes there are just some things that happen that can’t be healed by us and our feeble human attempts.
I think of Job. I think of all he suffered. Oh, the loss… loss of family, loss of things, loss of identity, loss of hope. I think of how his body betrayed him and words fell flat. Have you been here? Have you been in this place? The place where your bones ache? The place where your mind craves hope against hope and there seems to be none? Have you been here?

Job was here.

He was tired.

He was weak.

He was emptied out.

We are familiar with the story and of how his friends abused his soul by contributing nothing but awful platitudes and assumptions of his deserving this, crushing him further into his pain. Job’s friends made some poor choices. While, perhaps, they intended to help, they inflicted more pain. They would have done him well to continue in the manner they started with when they first came to offer their condolences…


In silence they sat with him. In silence they listened to his pain. In silence they nodded to his pangs of sour grapes and allowed him to borrow their comfort without words being spoken.

“So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.” (Job 2:13)

They didn’t offer great explanations for why this happened. They didn’t say, “God has a plan for your life.” They didn’t say, “Well maybe if you prayed more.” They didn’t say,“Well maybe it was to teach you a lesson.” They didn’t say, “God has a great testimony for you out of this pain.”

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