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There’s a story about a young child who lay in hospital dying of cancer, withering away to

nothing. Her family was devastated. Friends came, from church, from work...and tried to offer

solace. They tried but could only come up with unhelpful little sayings that didn’t begin to touch

the pain the family felt. And then a man from the church came.


He walked into the hospital room, didn’t say a word, sat down beside the girl, as a few members

of the family gathered...and he wept. He wept for a good 15 minutes. Then he got up and left.

The family said that this man offered them an amazing gift. He identified with their pain. He let

it in. He let it in.

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