Ever have a heavy heart? A burden for someone you cannot get off your mind? Every verse you read whispers their name. Words that come to my mind are mercy, grace, peace, consolation, strength, joy, comfort, encouragement, rest, hope.
Yet all these words are so empty to someone who is at their wit's end. Their physical condition has taken its toll. Depression has wrapped around them like a warm blanket on a cold dark night. They cannot take it off for fear of freezing. They know God. They know He loves but they feel none because their heart is in the throes of earthly battles beyond their control. The thorns have not been removed. The pain is persistent. The turmoil returns with the morning sun. The weight of emptiness is crushing. Faith is an ember.
I can only pray. And continue to pray. May God's mercy be upon my "someone". In fact, I have a couple of "someones". My heart may be heavy, but not nearly as heavy as my "someone" so far away. May light be upon them. Lift their spirit, oh, LORD. Return hope from where hope has hidden.