Caring for the Hurting Soul

Maybe you have a 100% perfect record in pastoral care, but I must confess – my husband and I don’t. Over the years the accusation has been made on more than one occasion that we haven’t cared for a hurting person like they needed.

It’s hard to hear. I always want to defend us, explain all the other hurting people we are trying to care for, or tell them how their expectations are unrealistic – and sometimes they are. My observation is that pain can make even very mature Christians self-focused. But at the end of the day I have to face the facts – somebody I am called to love doesn’t feel loved. When I can own that and confess it to the Lord, that leaves me open and ready to ask some really important questions. First, what keeps us from coming alongside people in their time of need? And second, how can I communicate how much I care when a person is hurting?

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About Sarah Johnson

Sarah has been a pastor's wife in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in Utah County, the center of Mormonism. She can't think of two more opposite places in the US, but each has been a special joy. She has 5 children and spends most of her time homeschooling and ministering alongside her husband at Fellowship Bible Church. Sarah loves the great outdoors and feeding people and agrees with C.S. Lewis that, "you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."