God’s Word teaches us to ‘do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith’ (Galatians 6:10). A major way to show godly love is to give comfort and spiritual, emotional, and physical support to anyone going through a serious trial or who has been the victim of a tragedy. It’s vital that we learn the simple ways to do this plus what not to do, such as repeating simplistic shallow platitudes that often are only half-true and are more discouraging than encouraging. Attentive and empathetic listening is more important than what we say. Whatever we do say should be biblically accurate and from our hearts.
Don Hooser is a minister and writer for the publications of United Church of God. He lives in McKinney TX, a suburb of Dallas. He was born in Dallas and grew up mostly in east Texas. His beloved wife Elsie, originally from Detroit, Michigan, died in August 2020. Don's three children and their spouses are members of United Church of God. Mr. Hooser graduated in 1963 from Southern Methodist University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated in 1966 from Ambassador College, Big Sandy. Don and Elsie married two days after Don’s graduation.