Everyone has friends or family who suffer from sickness,
disability, depression, or the death of a loved one.
Often times, the people who love the hurting also struggle in their own unique ways. They tend to suffer in silence and without much support from others. Writing from the unique perspective of one who needs extra help on a daily basis, Dave Furman offers insight into the support, encouragement, and wisdom that people need when helping others. Furman draws on his own life experiences, examples from the Bible, and wisdom from Christians throughout history to address the heart and ministry of those who are called to serve others. Deeply personal and powerfully pastoral, this book points readers to the strength that only God can provide as they love those who are hurting. Afterword written by Gloria Furman, the author's wife.
“This is a dark psalm. Biblical scholar Derek Kidner says, ‘There is no sadder prayer in the Psalter.’5 The psalmist, Heman, is clearly depressed and is hardly even fighting for hope. Psalm 88 shows that believers can be in darkness, and it’s possible to pray and not see any relief.” (source)
“And not only does he not see any help coming from God, he sees God as the source of his pain. He feels God’s wrath upon him as he sits in the dark pit. Even his former companions have now turned against him. He’s not being especially reverent nor is he being mushy and letting God know that he loves him. By the end of the psalm, he starts asking the ‘why’ questions. All he can see as he looks back on his life is his affliction and suffering.” (source)
“third lesson is that this author, like Job, does not give up. The darkness will not lift, but the author still prays” (source)
“the only person who sought God and truly did lose God’s face and did experience total darkness was Jesus.” (source)
“first is that it is possible that a believer will endure unrelieved suffering in this earthly life” (source)