In a world full of problems, having one that will help and become a companion is as precious as gold. People will always need a companion, but not everyone is willing or has the time to be one.
The fast-paced world that we live in reflects how times have changed. Oftentimes we do not have enough time to listen to others and to be with them. We are always preoccupied with our concerns that we forget what concerns the others. While we cannot blame ourselves for being unable to give attention to them, we are also reminded not to forget them.
As we have previously mentioned, “misery loves company.” It holds true when we are alone. We are more vulnerable to committing unthinkable acts or even sin against the Lord when we are not guided. This is more profound when we have problems.
So how are we supposed to respond into this situation?
In our dark world, we are called to be one with others. The Proverbs tells us that “a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17) Being with our fellow believers especially in the times of trouble is a calling from God that we are to be as brothers and sisters working together in faith and love for uplifting His name. Thus, as we continue our journey in this world, no matter how difficult life could be, we are also given the community that “encourage one another and build one another up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Perhaps you may be wondering how are we going to make ourselves available to others? The answer is simple: Presence. Our mere presence is a big help to those suffering. Our presence sends a strong message of sympathy towards others. Sometimes, our money or words may not encourage others, but our presence and our willingness to listen will make a big difference.
Jesus has become one of us to be with us, like Him, we are also called to be with one another.