Few things heal wounded spirits better than the balm of a supportive embrace. (Author Charles Swindoll)

What do you say or do when you meet someone who is really hurting—not so much physically, but emotionally, having been deeply hurt in their spirit? We often try to hastily think of something we could say to relieve the pain—perhaps a Bible verse to quote. Swindoll suggests that maybe the best thing to do is just to give a warm hug or maybe we should just sit and listen.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Corinthians 1:4)