Remember when you were a kid and you got sick at school? Maybe a bad headache or stomach ache? The sweet school secretary called your mom and you sat and waited. You were doing fine until…your mom walked in the office to get you. Your eyes meet hers and her sweet “are you okay?” look,  and the tears began to flow.

What is that ?

I experienced something similar at our church Sunday. I was not sick and my school secretary wasn’t there. My mom was hours away, but it was that same release of tears and emotion. Hot Pastor had so gracefully yet boldly knocked down walls of comfort and led couples into a time of prayer for each other. Any couple present walked to the sides of the room and faced each other.

Then in a simple, yet beautiful way, he taught husbands and wives how to pray for each other. I sat listening to him, amazed by his gift of teaching. As husbands held their wives hands and began to pray over them, he motioned for me to come to him.

I was fine sitting in my chair. Really. I walked up to face him smiling. But as soon as my eyes met his,  my tears came.

What is that?

Relief.

Relief: noun
1.alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress, oppression
When I looked into my mom’s eyes, I didn’t have to carry my pain and sickness alone any longer. She would take care of me. My spirit took in a huge breath of relief and exhaled the fear and worry through tears.
Again, on Sunday morning, I inhaled relief as my husband who knows me best prepared to pray over me. I exhaled the worries and stress, the load of life in my tears. I knew help had come. I could let go.
Just as my mom comforted me and cared for me physically in my sickness, Hot Pastor’s prayers comforted me emotionally and spiritually. It only took looking into the eyes of someone who loved me to know that I was not alone and that help had come.
Girls, someone needs you today. Maybe someone in your home, a friend, or even a stranger. I promise you that someone is struggling to hang on, waiting for relief. I pray today that your eyes meet, that you would be bold enough and uncomfortable enough (if that’s what it takes), to pray over a hurting heart.
We all need the comfort and care of Jesus. Pray now and ask God to lead you to someone who is desperately seeking relief.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16