Everybody Hurts

R.E.M.

everybody hurts sometimes
So, hold on, hold on

Sometimes a song speaks with new relevance and its message comes to life. That’s what happened with this song today as it popped up in my playlist. The words resonate during the present national pandemic

If you’re on your own in this life
The days and nights are long
When you think you’ve had too much of this life
To hang on…

Everybody hurts sometimes; Everybody cries…

I have become aware of many people who have been totally on their own, going for days without seeing another person. Each person has their own particular story with their own aspects of pain; one person’s mountain may be another person’s molehill. What may seem small to one may cause great anguish to someone else. But I am mindful of what my nurse friend often says, “The pain is what the patient says it is”. Pain is pain…

I’m also aware that to tell someone in pain that “everybody hurts” is not the most sensitive response. It doesn’t acknowledge their own particular pain that they are experiencing and actually seems to belittle it.

This led me to think about the age-old question often posed in times of great pain or searching…”Where is God when it hurts?” or sometimes phrased as “If God is a God of love why is there suffering in the world?” Huge questions to ponder, to research, to meditate on, not run away from or be simplistic about.

And so I reflect…. God is close to the broken hearted… Psalm 34:18

Author: Judith Twani

Always loved music - singing and playing as well as listening. As a teacher I was always the one to play for assembly, lead the choir and head up music across the school. I'm still in education both as a school leader and an independent trainer/consultant but I still manage to fit in musical times. And I am blessed with three musical children so it must be in the genes...