Lately I have been approached by several people with overwhelming situations in their lives. For some the issue is financial, \u201cHow will I pay for Christmas presents, winter coats, heat or medical bills?\u201d For others it\u2019s a medical issue, \u201cWhy am I so sick? Will this go away?\u201d And for others it is the appearance of a dim and hopeless future, \u201cI\u2019ll never find a job. My family is falling apart. I\u2019ll never make through this difficult time.\u201d When other people are going through the tragedies of their lives it\u2019s easy for us to taut some short statement or phrase about trusting God. We then go on with our lives. Some are glad to forget about those troubles as if everything in the world is perfectly fine as is. Others try to help, but offer pat answers that can seem almost as degrading as not helping at all. But I think many are just as overwhelmed as the person going through the difficulty in their life. They don\u2019t really know how they can help. What can you do when your friend is going through a difficult time? Be There and listen. The most comforting thing you can do many times is just say you are there for them and lend a listening ear. You don\u2019t need to figure out a solution every time, but just let them know you care. You can even send a card, but keep it short letting them know you care and are praying and offer to help if you can. Avoid oversimplifying the issue. Pray. Pray for them and offer to pray with them. The first thing you should do when you hear of a traumatic event in someone\u2019s life is to pray for them. Ask God to comfort them, provide wisdom and for God keep you willing to help. Then offer to pray with them. Most will accept that and allow you to pray with them. Keep it short letting them know you care. And don\u2019t be offended if they refuse. Not everyone believes in God or may not be ready for that. You can still pray for them on your own. Be discreet. Someone going through a difficult time may open up to you as you listen. It\u2019s not your job to spill their troubles onto everyone else. In other words, don\u2019t gossip. Don\u2019t assume you know what their thinking or what happened. Be gentle as they go through this difficult time. Help when possible. You may have opportunity to help. Do so kindly. Maybe it\u2019s monetary help, watching kids, cooking food, fixing a roof or a host of other possibilities. As you pray and are there for them, God may show you how you can help even more. 1 Corinthians 12 talks about us being part of the body of Christ. When another Christ-follower is struggling, we should desire all the more to be there for them. Verse 26 says, \u201cIf one part suffers, every part suffers with it\u2026\u201d Then Paul also tells us in Galatians 6:2, \u201cCarry each other\u2019s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.\u201d He continues in Galatians to tell us, \u201c\u2026as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people\u2026\u201d So help out any in need, but especially fellow believers. Do you know someone who is struggling? Be there. Pray. Be discreet. Help when possible. Then you will showing love the same way Christ showed love for us.