“And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great” Job 2:13
I’m sure it’s been said before but it struck me how useful it is to actually say nothing sometimes. Job was in terrible agony both physically and emotionally and his three friends just sat and said nothing for a whole week. Sometimes when you’re feeling rubbish all you want is some company not advice or platitudes. Perhaps pastors are the worst at this: we speak because we feel obliged to say something useful and spiritual, and yet sometimes just being there is what is necessary. It’s good for us to remember that our usefulness is not limited to our eloquence or wisdom in speech.