“Fine” is not the default response to “How’s it going?”

God blesses those who mourn for they will be comforted. Matt 5:4

The loss, regret, and pain that we don’t acknowledge, we continue to carry. Our self-comforting techniques are sad little band-aids that often only temporarily address our hurt and may even add to it. When we are transparent and truthful about what we are going through we can receive the comfort God provides through Himself and trusted friends who will mourn with us and comfort us.

Lord, help me to be transparent in my own sorrow, to receive the comfort You offer, and to be a safe, comforting friend in another’s life.